12 August 2014 – It’s no secret that the demands placed on data centers are growing rapidly. Not surprisingly, the companies that operate these vast warehouses are concerned about the costs of using all that energy. Last year Google noted its global operations continuously draw 260 million megawatts of power, roughly a quarter of the energy generated by a nuclear power plant. Also last year Hewlett-Packard announced it had partnered with Calxeda, to use extremely low-power ARM chips in a new generation of data-center servers. These chips are similar to the ones found in iPhones, iPads, and other mobile devices, and use significantly less energy than Intel’s traditional server chips.
As Wired magazine noted in an article last week “the mobile revolution has spread beyond the mini supercomputers in our hands all the way to the datacenter. With our expanded use of smartphones comes increased pressure on servers to help drive these devices: The activity we see everyday on our phones is a mere pinhole view into all that’s happening behind the scenes, in the massive cloud infrastructure powering … Read more