Pacific Blue is booted up and Google settles over its book search. All on today’s On This Day from TEST Huddle.
1998 – Pacific Blue is born
At the Department of Energy at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, Vice President, Al Gore, unveils Pacific Blue, a new super-computer that is capable of making 3.9 trillion calculations per second, the fastest to date. The computer was developed by IBM under a $96 million research contract. The system consists of 5,800 processors, 25 trillion transistors, with more than five miles of cables and wires.
2008 – Google settles over its Book Search
After prolonged negotiations, Google announces that it has settled its legal dispute with the Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild regarding the use of copyrighted book material in Google’s Book Search. The settlement is for $125 million. As part of the settlement, the company will pay all related legal fees, launch the Books Rights, Registry, and begin sharing the service’s profits with authors.