Dr. Dobb’s has news of the first International Green Computing Conference underway this week in Chicago. The conference is co-sponsored by the IEEE and Lennart Johnsson is keynoting
“Supercomputing involves exceptionally powerful computers traditionally used for solving fundamental physics, chemistry and large-scale engineering problems,” Johnsson said. “Advanced computing platforms and applications yield safer, better-performing and more fuel-efficient cars and planes and facilitate the development and testing of life-saving medicines. They also provide the opportunity to push the boundaries of science to discover properties of materials and fluids that can lead to new products, in turn leading to new industries, new treatments for diseases and improved conditions for humanity as a whole.” The conference, sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society, addresses key topics related to energy efficiency in computing and promoting environmentally friendly technologies. Numerous aspects of green computing will be addressed, including energy-efficient use of computers, hardware and software systems, algorithms, applications, and power, energy and temperature-related research. Other topics include how to reduce the carbon footprint of computing and how computers can contribute positively to the well-being of the planet.