How big is the library database?

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    John Smithers

    This question has been nagging me ever since I saw this website.

    The storage needed to house THAT MANY pictures and text files much be huge! How many gigabytes or terabytes does the database have to run everything? Also, how many images exactly are in the database?

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    Andrew Chedid

    There are about 10^5000 (one with five thousand zeros next to it) pages in the entire Library of Babel. Keep in mind that 1 million is 10^6 and there are about 10^80 atoms in the observable universe and one googol is also 10^100.

    #1781 Reply

    Andrew Chedid

    -There are about 2,000 bytes in each page.
    -There are 1,000,000,000 (billion) bytes in a gigabyte.

    Multiply 2,000 by 10^5000 and you get 2^5003 bytes.
    Then divide 2^5003 by 1,000,000,000 bytes to get about 2^4994 gigabytes.
    divide 2^5003 by 1,000,000,000,000 bytes to get about 2^4991 terabytes.

    If you want extreme, there are 10^24 bytes in a yottabyte (10^15 gigabytes).
    So, there would be about 2^4979 yottabytes (2^5003/10^24). Which is still an unimaginable number!

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    Jonathan Basile

    The library takes up about 50mb on my hard drive, and most of that is the site’s images. The script that produces the books is around 1 MB and doesn’t need to store them on disk – I’ve explained how it works here:

    #16611 Reply

    Big Slap Nuts

    Pretty Damn big… bigger than if I slapped my nuts everyday for the rest of eternity it would only take up one page… that’s pretty damn big!!! Considering my nuts are the size of tic tacs

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    holy shit, this is a perfect example

    #17196 Reply

    jesse james

    Sweet diggity

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