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The emergence of computing clouds has put a renewed emphasis on the issue of scale in computing. The enormous size of the Web,
together with ever-more demanding requirements such as freshness (results in seconds, not weeks) means that massive
resources are required to handle enormous datasets in a timely fashion. Datacenters are now considered to be the new units of
computer power, e.g. Google's Warehouse-Scale Computer. The number of organizations able to deploy such resources is ever shrinking. Wowd aims to demonstrate that there is an even bigger
scale of computing than that yet imagined -- specifically -- planetary-sized distributed clouds. Such clouds can be deployed by motivated collections of users, instead of a handful of gigantic organizations.