Report accuses tech giants of engaging in “dirty energy” practices.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/hat_trick_500.bmp” alt=”” width=”88″ height=”48″ />In the world of high performance computing, there are three distinct metrics in play: number crunching speed, data crunching speed, and energy efficiency. Can a computer excel at all three, or is our best recourse to try for something less than a hat trick?
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/digital_time_tunnel_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”118″ height=”95″ />With 2011 officially in the books, it’s time to offer a few predictions about the upcoming year in HPC. In general, I expect 2012 to continue the major trends we’ve seen over the past couple of years, namely the increased adoption of GPU computing into the mainstream and more parity of HPC capability around the world, as exemplified by China. There may, however, be one or two new trends to pop up.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Green_Platform_logo.bmp” alt=”” width=”119″ height=”100″ />Silicon Valley startup Green Platform Corporation has been promoting its vibration dampening solution for rack-based disk storage for a couple of years now. But with the increasing importance of “big data” applications, which places particular emphasis on performant I/O, the company is looking to tap into a $22 billion storage market that is still primarily based on vibration-prone spinning disks. In the process, the company has tweaked its strategy to offer what it calls a “Vibration Management System.”
An abandoned industrial site will be transformed into a green high performance computing center.
Recent research from the University of Melbourne indicates that in many cases, the cloud is not the “greenest” option due to data transfer energy consumption. The authors argue that prior studies have over looked transfer in their findings.
New data centers being run by the likes of Google or Microsoft are enormous and boast cost efficiencies 5-10X greater than traditional, “un-virtualized” enterprise data centers, which are also typically smaller. The efficiency benefits inherent in cloud data centers come in different forms and include positive aspects like superior energy efficiency, higher availability, and better performance.
The idea is to rent space in data centers based in Iceland and sell cloud computing services to web companies and individuals all over the world that want to manage their carbon footprint and embrace clean power.