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Compression Could Reduce Data Center Energy Use by 95%

Data center and sexy don't seem to viagra generic on line quite work in the same sentence. But greener data centers? Ooh, we've got chills now.

U.S. business servers and data centers suck up the energy equivalent of all the electricity consumed by color televisions. The industry uses about the same amount of real viagra electricity as 5.8 million average American households. How to green such a massive sector? Start with better data compression technologies, which is already widely used in backup and secondary storage to decrease the capacity needed for these functions.

Broaden out that concept and apply compression to primary data, such as application servers, email or databases and that will radically reduce data center energy usage. Storwize Inc., a San Jose, CA tech company, has a process to reduce data center energy usage up to 95 per cent.  This means on a 100 TB database, Storwize can compress that to less than 10 TB of physical disk.

Real-time data compression reduces the amount of data written to storage devices and thus reduces CPU, disk, memory and bio viagra herbal network utlilization on the cialis 20mg storage system. It can do this through its patent-pending algorithms that allow write and read operations from any location within the file while avoiding the need to price of levitra decompress the whole file.

Compressed data doesn't just save energy use, it reduces the real estate required to house the data centres, the energy needed to cool down the space and all the other trappings of physical space that adds up to a heavier footprint on the environment. 


High Schoolers Reduce 2-Stroke Emissions by 40%!

This is the third in our series of projects from ISEF that we will be covering. Many more to come. Thanks to Intel for flying me out and putting me up so I could cover the cialis generic no prescription conference.

Denmark may not be a big country, with only 5.6 million inhabitants, but there are more than 160,000 mopeds there, not to mention lawnmowers, chainsaws, and even cargo ships that transport goods. Each of these have a common thread: they all run on two-stroke engines. Michael Madsen and Jesper Rasmussen, both riders of mopeds, found out one day how utterly inefficient and polluting they could be, even for their size. The reason is that with two-stroke engines, no matter the size, when fuel is injected into the cylinder, part of it is allowed to follow link best prices on viagra escape through the exaust manifold (see white spheres in picture).

This means that not only are you sending a large portion of your fuel in the exhaust without burning it (30-40% on average in chainsaws), these hydrocarbons are released into the atmosphere as reactive organic gases, which cause a slew of cialis india pharmacy health problems. Madsen and Rasmussen decided to design a system that would eliminate these problems and make the engine more efficient. What they’ve done is created a unique design in their exhaust system that pushes the overflowing hydrocarbons, along with a little of the exhaust, back into the cylinder by way of a shockwave traveling at 500m/s.

This allows the generic levitra soft tabs fuel to be completely burned, and has resulted in a fuel efficiency improvement of 17.7%, just for their mopeds. Carbon monoxide has been decreased by 10% and hydrocarbon emissions have been reduced by 36.7%. The system is even more efficient in hot, dry climates, so would work well in areas like California, many countries in Asia, and the middle east. Heavy cargo ships, carrying some of the most polluting engines in the world, would greatly benefit from this technology, and the team has patented their system and pharmacy no prescripition tramadol hopes to bring this to market in the future.

Frankly, it makes us at EcoGeek feel like we're slacking. If this is what high school students are doing, shouldn't we be doing a bit more than just blogging?


X-Prize Expanding to Clean Fuel, Batteries, and Clean Aviation

We love the X-Prize, right? They helped the private sector get into space and are now sponsoring a competition to create a commercially-viable 100 mpg car. But they're not stopping there. The X-Prize Foundation has announced that they will be creating several new prizes for a variety of environmental categories with a total worth of $100M. Apparently, this new suite of cialis online buy X-Prizes includes the Automotive X-Prize and may also include (but not be limited to):

  1. Biofuels
  2. Energy storage
  3. Carbon Capture
  4. Solar
  5. Water
  6. Energy efficiency
  7. Clean aviation fuel
  8. "The provision of basic utilities for developing nations"

The basis for the need, says the CEO of the foundation, Peter Diamandis, is that progress is happening too slow. Indeed, I tend to online pharmacy viagra agree with him. Though the buy levitra wholesale vast amount of news that we have to cover every day at EcoGeek is a testament to the fact that clean technology is developing quickly, solutions are not coming in fast enough.

The first new prize, for Biofuels, will be launched later this year, with others being rolled out over a two-year period.

The Foundation hopes that each of the sectors in which they provide a prize has the potential to truly revolutionize the economy. And with 8% of venture capital funding in America already flowing into clean technology, it's likely that they're right. Details on canadian pharmacy tramadol the "Energy and Environment X-Prize Suite" (PDF) will continue to emerge throughout the next year. And while $10 M is a bit trivial in what could end up being a trillion dollar industry, it may be that the first $10 M is more important than the last $100 B.

Via BusinessWeek


Power Strip Knows How Guilty You Should Feel

I find my reliance on power strips embarrassing. But now I can feel even more guilty with one of these! Finally, I could see how much power I'm pulling from the it's cool generic cialis online wall here at EcoGeek HQ so I can feel really bad about it and, maybe, actually do something about it.

This guy remembers how much power has moved through the strip over the last day, week, month, or year and thanks to an onboard battery, it remembers forever.

It can also monitor the quality of power coming into your office, which can be useful for ubergeeks. But for us average geeks, this could be a fairly useful little tool. Two questions though:

  1. How much power does the device, itself, consume?
  2. How is this $99 device different from my $20 kill-a-watt mixed with a $10 power strip?

New Zero-Watt Monitor Saves Cash and the Planet

The first zero-watt display monitor from Fujitsu Siemens Computers will get you out the office door that millisecond faster after coming up with a design that uses no power at all in idle mode. The zero-watt, 22-inch monitor has a switch in the power supply unit that is controlled by the computer. When no video signal is transmitted, the switch shuts down the complete circuit of the monitor.

That's savvy, saves customers money, and protects the environment.

There's also a secondary way to save power with the look here levitra online order monitor. A sensor continuously monitors the surrounding brightness of the environment and automatically adjusts the display. Less power is required in a dark environment than a bright one.

An earlier prototype last year used a solar panel to detect the video signal, but this version will use a relay switch instead to turn off power when it detects no signal. The new monitors will be available this summer and cost the same as regular monitors.

Via Physorg

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