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New Analytic Tools Encourage Greener Computer Code

Posted By Cameron Scott On May 12, 2010 @ 5:45 pm In Environment,Green Technology,Greener Gadgets,Innovation,Renewable Energy | No Comments

Photo of Oracle cloud computing data center by Kevin Krejci [1]

With cloud computing [2] starting to move from fantasy to reality, the question of the day is: How green is your cloud? Far from the children’s book it may sound like, the question addresses energy efficiency at the data centers [3] where more and more of your life sits on servers. Tech companies, notably Google [4], have proposed some common sense approaches for running the machines efficiently, but the next move may be optimizing the code itself [5] for energy efficiency.

data centers, IT, green technology, energy efficiency, sustainable designPhoto by S_W_Ellis [6]

Anytime a company creates an application, it balances competing needs: power and speed, for example. If energy efficiency were added to the list of criteria, IT companies could save money not just running servers [7] but also buying them, because they would need fewer. Microsoft [8] and Intel [9] have developed tools [5] that analyze code for its energy efficiency. Intel’s tool even attaches a dollar sign to its finding, making the incentive for programmers to go green that much stronger.

It’s a great idea, and will probably even lead to lither programs. In the meantime, though, let’s not lose sight of one thing: IT companies, which use a lot of energy, should be on the front lines lobbying for renewable energy standards [10] and helping create the technology that will make it available nationwide. Check out Greenpeace’s latest report card [11] to see how they’re doing.

Via Earth2Tech [5]

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URLs in this post:

[1] Kevin Krejci: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinkrejci/3465206474/

[2] cloud computing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing

[3] data centers: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/17/stop-facebook-from-building-a-dirty-coal-data-center/

[4] notably Google: http://earth2tech.com/2010/04/29/greennet-innovating-to-reduce-energy-consumption-of-computing/

[5] optimizing the code itself: http://earth2tech.com/2010/05/04/is-greener-code-the-answer-to-greener-data-centers/

[6] S_W_Ellis: http://www.flickr.com/photos/s_w_ellis/

[7] running servers: http://inhabitat.com/2010/03/30/greenpeace-reveals-the-internets-biggest-secret-dirty-coal/

[8] Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/en/us/default.aspx

[9] Intel: http://www.intel.com/#/en_US_01

[10] renewable energy standards: http://inhabitat.com/2010/03/11/colorado-to-be-2-in-renewable-energy-standards-by-2020/

[11] Greenpeace’s latest report card: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/climate-change/cool-it/

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