Powering the web with cute furry little animals!
Hamster technology was first discovered by Dr. Yvon Villemar while working at a secret research facility just outside of Palo Alto. While working with a team of engineers to solve a highly complex microprocessor design problem, Villemar noticed a hamster loose in the lab. This prompted him to take a micro photograph of the hamster's brain, hoping it would lead to some insight as to why this furry little creature would wander into a lab with no treadmills.
This ultimately led to the discovery of understanding the hamster's brain chemistry, which turns out to have remarkable capacity for tedious serial processing-esqueue work. The good doctor implanted the hamster with nano-bots designed to amplify this ability by several orders of magnitude. The nano-bot design was designated Pechadepad-3191 and the project was coined as Hamster Tech.
The results were phenomal. The hamster was able to power a server farm, producing over 97 petaflops of throughput, and only required 13 joules to power the entire system, including the hamster. The good doctor wrote a white paper, detailing the usefulness of the extraordinary newly founded technology. However, the project was shut down nine months later, due to concerns raised by animal rights activists.
The hamster was freed and the research facility later shutdown after losing its funding.
A few years later someone released the research papers from the lab on Wikileaks and the technology was implemented as a software project and released under the MIT license, called hamsterd. The hamsterd daemon allows the phpden to serve up highly scalable, blazing fast, web pages by the same efficiency standard distilled from Pechadepad-3191's remarkable effect on hamsters.
According to the latest bench marks, hamsterd is currently outdoing the competition!