A corporation is providing a hardware / software package that is halving the costs of computer labs worldwide while decrease electricity use by turning one computer into ten.
The vast majority of computers are idle during work hours. It's a strange phenomenon, but no so surprising when you think about it.
The things that we normally do at our computers (read, type, type, read) is an afterthought for today's gigahertz processors. That's why Userful, the world's leader in public computing, recently started hooking one computer up to as many as ten workstations.
Users have no idea that they're sharing a computer and computer labs all across the world cut their budget in half. But, more importantly, this also saves a huge amount of energy. First, because the computers don't have to be built in the first place, and second because one PC running a maximum capacity uses way less energy than three computers idling, let alone ten.
The hardware is basically a PCI card that allows more monitors and keyboards to be hooked to a regular desktop computer. Userful's software then controls each workstation separately, making it look as if each user has his or her own computer.
Userful has calculated that their hardware / software bundle, called DiscoverStation, has prevented the release of over 13,000 tons of CO2. If just 1% of PCs in the world were switched to the DiscoverStation platform, it would be like removing 26 million cars from the road.Talk about a good idea who's time has come!
written by Josh, July 13, 2007
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