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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 
With cloud computing  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  where more and more of your life sits on servers. Tech companies, notably Google , have proposed some common sense approaches for running the machines efficiently, but the next move may be optimizing the code itself  for energy efficiency.
Photo by S_W_Ellis 
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  but also buying them, because they would need fewer. Microsoft  and Intel  have developed tools  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  and helping create the technology that will make it available nationwide. Check out Greenpeace’s latest report card  to see how they’re doing.
Via Earth2Tech 
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URLs in this post:
 Kevin Krejci: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinkrejci/3465206474/
 cloud computing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing
 data centers: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/17/stop-facebook-from-building-a-dirty-coal-data-center/
 notably Google: http://earth2tech.com/2010/04/29/greennet-innovating-to-reduce-energy-consumption-of-computing/
 optimizing the code itself: http://earth2tech.com/2010/05/04/is-greener-code-the-answer-to-greener-data-centers/
 S_W_Ellis: http://www.flickr.com/photos/s_w_ellis/
 running servers: http://inhabitat.com/2010/03/30/greenpeace-reveals-the-internets-biggest-secret-dirty-coal/
 Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/en/us/default.aspx
 Intel: http://www.intel.com/#/en_US_01
 renewable energy standards: http://inhabitat.com/2010/03/11/colorado-to-be-2-in-renewable-energy-standards-by-2020/
 Greenpeace’s latest report card: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/climate-change/cool-it/
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