Computing Solutions Group: Grand Challenge

A New Moore’s Law for computing energy efficiency

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While microprocessor and Internet speeds continue to accelerate, the energy efficiency of these technologies has struggled to keep pace. Data centers already consume 1.5% of global energy and, if current trends hold, we’ll see a 1000x increase in the volume of data by 2025. Meanwhile, computing efficiency is only expected to increase 25x over this period, leaving a huge efficiency gap.

To ensure that rising energy costs will not hamper Internet growth and the enormous web-based economy that depends on it, we are going to need a new Moore’s law for computational efficiency. The Institute for Energy Efficiency is helping to close this looming gap by pursuing solutions that reduce the energy use associated with cooling loads, inefficient server use, and wasteful computer processes.

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