Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Search Engine Speeds

Recently I have been doing this test to see how fast the servers for the biggest search engines are. I have done only one test so far. I found the address that each company uses as their search site. I then pinged all four of them at the same time (25 pings each). I recorded the information and have put them into graphs. I will continue this research as time goes on but I wanted to share what I have found so far.

I did my first test on September 19th, 2006 at about 12:00 A.M. CST (Midnight). The results:

The second test I did on September 27th at about 10:30 p.m. CST. The results:

(watch out the graphs colors are not the same)

What both graphs show is that AltaVista got the slowest pings. The first time I did this Google showed up as the fastest, but the second time MSN did. Yahoo always stayed second to fastest.

This is in no way the end of my tests. I have many more tests to do in order to find the fastest search engine. Next, I will check search time. After all tests are complete, I will post the information.


Jacob R said...

OK I'm going to be pedantic, here. Ping tests latency, not speed, and latency is almost completely dependant upon geography and network topology, making it utterly useless for any sort of comparison other than "What search engines are good to use from my (specific) living room."

B. M. Lee said...

I realize that. I'm just testing server response speed in this test. Next I will be testing search speed.