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I'm an IT graduate student trying to get my head around distributed content distribution systems, much like what I assume Youtube uses. I have read Google Research stuff like Bigtable and Google File System academic papers. Is there any such thing for Youtube? Can anyone point me at stuff to learn about the Youtube network and the underlying technology?

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check following presentations Seattle Conference on Scalability: YouTube Scalability, not very new but gives you the idea.

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The High Scalability blog has a informative entry on YouTube. I don't think there is anything like the scientific papers on GFS for YouTube -- mostly because Youtube probably didn't use quite so radical technology, at least not until it was integrated with Google. (This is just a guesstimate, I have no inside information to go by.)

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