Calxeda EnergyCore ARM low power processor

Posted in arm, energy-efficiency, processor on November 4th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

Calxeda delivers an energy-efficient ARM processor to the server on a chip market.  HP will integrate the processor into its low power server platforms.

…   “The EnergyCore ARM-based SoC launched today will power a completely new breed of servers.

Thanks to it’s mobile phone heritage and patent-pending innovations from Calxeda, the new processor consumes less than one tenth the power of today’s most energy efficient server processors and is ideal for workloads such as web serving, Big Data applications, scalable analytics such as Apache Hadoop, media streaming and mid-tier infrastructure such as caching and in-memory scalable databases.”   …

via Calxeda: EnergyCore processor.

Verne leverages Iceland’s advantages for datacenter development

Posted in country-iceland, natural-cooling, verne-global, zero-emissions on September 29th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

Verne Global uses Iceland’s weather for natural cooling and geothermal energy to create a zero emissions data center.  …

…   “100% powered by renewable energy resources and 100% cooled by the natural environment of Iceland, without the use of chillers or compressors.”   …

Verne Global: Reykjavik Data Center.

Video on Iceland’s advantages for datacenter siting.

Verne deploys Colt modular data center design in this video.

The data center foundation is poured.

Sustainability software enable efficient compliance processes in Europe

Posted in e-waste, region-europe, sap, software on September 26th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

Panasonic implements SAP recycling module to increase efficiency in the management of recycling electronic waste in Europe.  …

…   “With SAP Recycling Administration, we could improve the recycling data management process significantly – representing a 50 percent time savings across 18 countries and 50 different compliance schemes, said Thomas Knopp, environmental project manager, Panasonic Europe.

The application also allows us to generate more accurate calculations of product net weight, the basis for recycling charges per the WEEE directive, and consequently has reduced recycling costs by 15 percent, which adds up to millions of dollars every year.”   …

Via  SAP: Panasonic Module Implementation.

SAP Recycling Module (PDF).

Google data center electricity usage

Posted in energy-consumption, google on September 8th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

Google discloses its data center electricity usage statistics as the company increases transparency to its carbon footprint.  …

…   “it used 2.6 million megawatt-hours of electricity. Most of that amount went to run its massive data center footprint … “   …

via ZDNet: Google energy consumption.

Sustainable building kit integrated into learning center construction

Posted in construction, ge-general-electric on September 7th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

GE Crotonville Learning Center (John F. Welch Leadership Development Center) is piloting the Project Frog kit construction technology at a new building expected to be completed later this year.  GE is deploying these sustainable construction methods and investing in the company.  …

…   “Project Frog’s technology improves traditional building construction methods by combining semi-custom designs with a pre-engineered kit of energy-efficient building components.

This enables higher quality, more environmentally sustainable, faster and cheaper construction.

Through advanced performance modeling, Project Frog analyzes how its buildings will perform in each location, allowing owners to optimize a building kit to match their desired performance.

The kits are delivered to project sites ready for assembly, and typically take one to six months to construct —less than half the time required for traditional construction.

Project Frog’s buildings use at least 25 percent less energy than the strictest building codes in the United States, and as much as 80 percent less energy in certain parts of the country.

Project Frog manufactures its commercial building systems for educational and government organizations, healthcare offices and retail spaces.”   …

Project Frog is on a mission to revolutionize the way buildings are created by applying technology to overcome the inefficiencies of traditional construction. The result is a structure that is measurably greener and significantly smarter; brighter, healthier spaces that inspire better performance from the people who occupy them.


GE LEED Platinum Data Center Increases Server Density

Posted in ge-general-electric, leed-platinum, server-density, servers on August 22nd, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

GE’s Appliances & Lighting Division achieves LEED Platinum level at its new data center in Louisville, Ky.  The facility’s design, construction and operation are focused on reducing data center energy consumption and lowering the building’s environmental footprint.  …

  • In addition to installing innovative, high-efficiency cooling systems, GE is installing high-density servers to pack more computing power per square foot, reducing the size of the data center floor by half compared to the data center it replaces. This means that less energy is needed to cool the space.
  • GE is reducing water consumption inside the building by 42 percent compared to the industry baseline7 by installing ultra low-flow fixtures. Outside the building, GE is reducing water consumption by 100 percent.8
  • GE has offset 35 percent of the data center’s predicted annual energy consumption through the purchase of off-site renewable energy.

Data center consolidation enables US government power savings

Posted in data-center-consolidation on July 20th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

US data center consolidation project will drive efficiency savings and modernize the application portfolio from the cloud.  …

…   “The cost savings simply from running fewer data centers is estimated at more than $3 billion a year. There is an environmental impact too, since data centers are power-hungry.”   …

via New York Times: U.S. to Close Data Centers.

eBay’s Topaz Data Center reduces power consumption

Posted in data-center-design, ge-general-electric, leed-certification, leed-gold, redundancy on July 18th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

eBay’s strategic infrastructure project pursues reliable, continuous power delivery in the data center with reduced energy usage.  Triple redundancy is built into the PLC system where a voting algorithm monitors the state of devices.  …

As a result of the design and construction efforts and the subsequent power usage savings, the Topaz facility achieved a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold rating in 2010.

The Quad PAC solution features Smart Redundancy, an algorithm that continually calculates the relative system availability in real time and delivers predictive analysis on key process input variables. A quad redundancy control system has a Master Controller and three synchronized backup controllers.

It leverages Ethernet-based I/O devices that can seamlessly arbitrate its control from one of the four controllers in the system. If the Master Controller, or any of the system components fail, the system identifies the best backup controller to take over and provides the system with the most capability to withstand the next sequence of multiple or cascaded system failures.

via GE: GE Quad PAC Redundancy Control Solution.

Tilera cloud processor consumes less than 0.5 watt per core

Posted in cloud-computing, cloud-infrastructure, intel, tilera on July 13th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

Tilera TILE-Gx 3000 processors have been designed with a low power footprint for cloud datacenters and a significant reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO).  …

… “The family delivers a 10-fold performance-per-watt advantage over Intel’s SandyBridge processor family by supplying an unprecedented reduction in total system power consumption and footprint, and provides an estimated 50 percent reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO);

Slashes power with each core consuming <0.5 watts;” …

Tilera multi-core processors.

Wyoming, Land of the Data Center

Posted in construction, state-wyoming on June 27th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

Wyoming is a strong choice for locating a new data center, however Verizon does not exercise its option to build there, at this time.  …

…   “Wyoming is attractive to data centers for a number of reasons, including a cool climate that offers natural savings on air conditioning bills … “   …

via ABC News: Wyo. Data Centers.

Data Center Energy Savings Start With Design

Posted in data-center-design, design on June 22nd, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

CIO decisions can benefit the business when the energy impact is understood.  Best practices and design considerations can almost halve energy consumption in the data center.  …

…   “After the energy consumed directly by the servers, routers and switches within a data center, power distribution and cooling provide the largest opportunities to save energy.”   …

via Environmental Leader: Data Center Design.

Cacti monitors data center temperature

Posted in monitoring, sensors, temperature-control, utilities on June 13th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

List of popular data center utilities, includes monitoring software such as Cacti, which can poll, acquire data, and graph the results for management analysis and action.  …

…   “This setup helps managers monitor performance, server load, temperature and other variables.”   …

via Computerworld: Data center utilities recommendations.

Cacti solution.

Temperature sensor graphs using Cacti.