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Google has wired its worldwide fleet of servers up with monitoring technology that inspects every task running on every machine, and eventually hopes to use this data to selectively throttle or even kill processes that cause disruptions for other tasks running on the same CPU. The search giant gave details on how it had …


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  1. mIRCat

    How is that fair

    "and its contents will be of major interest to anyone running massive Linux-based infrastructure clouds."

    So this won't be available for my Azure based solutions?

    1. Christian Berger

      Re: How is that fair

      I don't think people who care about performance use Azure. Azure is a product for people who care about running legacy code.

      1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

        Re: How is that fair

        I don't think people who care about performance use Azure. Azure is a product for people who care about running legacy code. …. Christian Berger Posted Friday 12th April 2013 06:08 GMT

        Hi, Christian Berger,

        It may also be the case that Azure is a product for people who do not care or do not realise that they are just sustaining legacy code practices for exclusive status quo interests, and that would/could extraordinarily render it enemy of the people code and that would not be a great development platform for any business?

  2. PipV

    I ask myself

    What can go wrong?!

    1. Skoorb

      Re: I ask myself

      It sounds very interesting indeed, but yes, if the agent process is the one that fouls up I can see a problem when it tries to throttle itself.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Gee Thanks Google

    Now, how do we

    1) detect the presence of this Malware

    2) get rid of it (or make it tell emit loads of porkies)

    None of my customers would want this level of evilness on their servers.

    Didn't we think the DPI was wrong? This is IMHO a million times worse.

    Isn't something like this illegal in a lot of countries?

    1. Chris Beach

      Re: Gee Thanks Google

      They're running it, on their servers against their wont see it, ever...unless you're part of a company with the same amount of worldwide data and data centres to manage...then you'd love it.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Gee Thanks Google

      If you have gathered that this is "evil" and "Malware" then I suspect you don't actually have "customers" and instead are referring to your school-friends.

    3. Cliff

      Re: Gee Thanks Google

      Imagine if you downloaded every video on youtube that there has ever been, at every resolution, then you would play that for free to however many people wanted it, at the best quality they could handle. And you did that globally, in every language, 24/7. Big ask of your datacentre. Google already do this of course, and it isn't even their core business. This is the kind of scale where you would want this.

    4. YetAnotherPasswordToRemeber

      Re: Gee Thanks Google

      There is no mention of DPI in the article, and I don't see how monitoring the number of cycles a process uses on a CPU is anywhere near the same thing

    5. Robin

      Re: Gee Thanks Google

      I think your RTFA task has been killed.

    6. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Gee Thanks Google

      Wow, imagine a massive stick. At one end of this massive stick is this article about something google is planning to do with it's servers. The other end is what you got.

  4. Trustme

    All your processes are belong to us.

  5. RyokuMas

    Fixed it

    Google: 'We'll track EVERY task on EVERY data center server - and use it to punt adverts at you'

  6. James Anderson

    another piece of 1980s mainframe reivented.

    This level of monitoring has been available on olde worldy mainframes for 30 years now.

    SMF mxg those were the days.

  7. David Beck


  8. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

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    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

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  9. kyza

    Out in the wild...

    ...this will be variously reported as

    Google snoops on your PC - Impact on house prices imminent

    How much does google know? Ill qualified liberal hack exposes plan to spy on your PC

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