Code Crankers of the 21st Century

April 15, 2019

As modern technology evolves there’s ever more code out there. recently published an interesting graph about the number of lines of code it takes to run different systems and technologies. The graph clearly shows that quite a few of today’s applications and solutions require far more code than the most complex existing systems.

For example, it takes 2 million lines of code to operate the Hubble Space Telescope, 6.5 million to operate the avionics and online support systems of a Boeing 787, 24 million to operate a F-35 Fighter Jet, while it takes 62 million lines of code to operate Facebook, 100 million to run the car software in a modern high-end car and Google uses a staggering amount of 2 billion lines of code to run its services!!

Although the number of lines of modern code keeps growing, there’s also still an enormous amount of ‘ancient’ COBOL code out there supporting business-critical systems in many areas of business, like banking, transportation, and telephony but also healthcare, government and more.

There is no complete agreement on the exact numbers, but it is clear, that these are extremely large. According to Accenture, still, half a trillion lines of custom legacy code are in use today. IBM talks about 200 Billion lines while Software AG estimates 220 Billion with a growth of 5 Billion lines of code every year.



Micro Focus reports there are 240 billion lines of COBOL in use today. They published the following graph:

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