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UC Santa Barbara’s Institute for Energy Efficiency and the Kavli Foundation announce a Report that identifies four issues that must be addressed to improve data center energy efficiency through strategic partnerships between academia and industry.
Date: 03/08/2012
Type: News, Report
The prominent environmental group praised Google for renewable energy purchases and climate change goals while criticizing Apple's lack of progress in green IT efforts.
Date: 02/08/2012
Type: News
Waste Heat
UC Berkeley researchers estimate that over half of U.S. energy consumption is dissipated as waste heat; can such a ubiquitous energy source be harvested as an economically feasible alternative?
Date: 03/31/2011
Type: Article
Data center
Computing providers such as HP and Yahoo are developing innovative energy-saving strategies for new data centers that focus on using building siting and design to maximize natural cooling potential.
Date: 01/13/2011
Type: Article
An ARM microprocessor made by Marvell.
In an effort to reduce the cost of cooling microprocessor chips, data centers are looking to low-power chips used in cell phones and other mobile devices. These chips can generate energy savings, but they also have less processing power, so they may only be used in specific systems or applications.
Date: 11/18/2010
Type: Article
Microsoft Data Center
A new report from Microsoft suggests that large businesses could reduce their direct energy consumption and carbon emissions by up to 30 percent by moving certain on-premise applications into the cloud. Small business could see even greater gains of up to 90%.
Date: 11/04/2010
Type: Blog
Yahho's new data center in Lockport, NY.
The design of Yahoo's new data center was inspired by a chicken coop. Its unique structure helps the center achieve a power-use effectiveness ratio of 1.08; only 8 percent of the power consumed goes to lights and operational equipment and less than 1 percent of the power gets consumed in cooling.
Date: 09/20/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Data Centers
A podcast on Intel's new 50 Gb per second silicon photonics link features Institute Director John Bowers who collaborated with Intel on the development of the high-speed optical data link.
Date: 08/02/2010
Type: Audio, Photos
Technologies: Photonics
Frequently, improvements in data center energy efficiency involve virtualization, consolidation and improved management of power and cooling systems, but a growing number of voices are starting to question whether software should play a greater role in the green effort.
Date: 07/12/2010
Type: Blog
The European Fit4Green ICT research project is developing an energy-aware layer of plug-ins that will allow IT managers to monitor and cut data center energy use.
Date: 07/06/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Data Centers

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