From Enterprise IT Planet’s weekly green news roundup, items of interest for the HPC-minded
Fujitsu has developed a new structure for gallium-nitride high electron-mobility transistors that can minimize power loss in power supplies, with applications for IT hardware and home electronics.
NextGen Research predicts that purchases of green computers will grow from less than a sixth of the market in 2009 to nearly two thirds (over $190 billion) by 2013.
Sony reduced its global CO2 emissions by approximately 100,000 tons in fiscal year 2008. In Sony Europe, every facility with over 100 employees is powered exclusively by renewable energy.
Yahoo announces it will become carbon-neutral by becoming more energy-efficient, not through purchasing carbon offsets.
One of the things that Horst Simon of LBNL and I talked about in an interview featured in the Green HPC podcast series is the potential importance of locally generated renewable energy. Build your own solar or wind power generating capability next to your datacenter, and no matter how much power your computer uses you’re not making the environment any worse off. With regulations looming or implemented in most western countries, big names like Sony taking steps to run their facilities on renewable energy, and computer-driven companies like Yahoo! stepping up to the plate, it won’t be long before even the isolated island of HPC is beset with external drivers to reduce energy use. If you want to avoid being told what you’re going to do and how, you need to start thinking about your energy consumption now.