Ian Foster on heating with the grid

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This is a great, quick post at Ian Foster’s blog.

An article in the local paper desribed a pilot project involving an HPC cluster in the South Bend Potowatomi Greenhouses. The result is a significant reduction in both cooling expenditures for campus HPC and heating costs for the greenhouses–the latter alone being $100,000 per year.

He then goes on to talk about the potential of putting grid appliances in offices and scheduling jobs to areas that are cold. Awesome.

Unfortunately, not of much utility in MS.


  1. Kevin Buterbaugh says

    OK, somebody’s gotta say it … this sounds like a whole lot of hot air to me… 😉