AltaVista Circa 1998

Check out the hardware stats for AltaVista circa 1998:

At launch the service had two innovations that set it ahead of the other search engines. It used a fast multi-threaded crawler (Scooter) that could cover a lot more Web pages than were believed to exist, and an efficient search back-end running on advanced hardware; as of 1998, 20 multi-processor machines using DEC’s then-new Alpha processor, along with 130GB RAM and 500GB hard disk space each, receiving 13 million queries per day.

Is it just me or does 1998 seem like the far distant past?

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