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25 Aug 2009 12:08:06

Algorithm shows data centre energy benefits



Algorithm shows data centre energy benefits
A new algorithm has been developed that could reduce the energy usage of date centres substantially.

Experts from Carnegie Mellon, MIT and data centre business Akamai have revealed the algorithm in a report titled Cutting the Electric Bill for Internet-Scale Systems.

The study proposes moving data to regions where the energy grid is not being strained, which could save on energy consumption and cost for firms.

This suggestion was presented at the SIGCOMM 2009 conference in Barcelona, Spain.

Data company Rackspace commented that businesses are still primarily interested in the financial benefits of using data centres, but admitted that green issues are becoming more central.

Simon Abraham, head of products for Europe, Rackspace, said: "Although data centres consume a lot of power, they are automatically more power-efficient than the most common alternative, and the most common alternative is customers doing it themselves."

The MIT Technology Review has indicated that companies could cut energy usage by 40 per cent by following the algorithm.

http://nms.lcs.mit.edu/papers/sigcomm372-aqureshi.pdf

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