TAG: cloud computing

Internet Energy Use

Internet energy use

Most of us can’t imagine a modern world without the internet. However, we probably don’t think a whole lot about the amount of energy needed to power it up. The internet uses mass amounts of energy. This infographic from WirelessSatelliteInternet.org. lays out the rising energy consumption of the more than 2.4 billion internet users worldwide. The graphic highlights the fact that internet use takes up 1.5% of all global electricity, or the equivalent of the amount produced from 30 nuclear power plants. Also stated, the U.S. takes more electrical energy to power up data centers than the entire automobile industry,… read more

Data Furnaces


There are many ways to hide from the winter but I recently read a paper presented in “Usenix Workshop on Hot Topics in Cloud Computing” that proposes the idea of using cloud server generated heat to warm up houses instead of a furnace or room heaters . This paper titled “The Data Furnace: Heating Up with Cloud Computing “ was co-authored by Jie Liu, Michel Goraczko, Christian Belady and Sean James from Microsoft Research and Jiakang Lu and Kamin Whitehouse, from the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia. The paper puts forward the idea of dispersing the cloud servers amongst homes instead of having a… read more

The Cloud Is The Future

Concept image of cloud computing

Cloud computing is a relatively new term being thrown around quite a lot lately. We hear it when describing things from smartphones to video game consoles, but there are still many people who don’t understand its tremendous significance, or how it affects them both directly and indirectly. In layman’s terms, cloud computing is the ability to store and access online data in one centralized area. It means no more physical storage devices or plug-in data access cables necessary. Everything from your PC hard drive to your television’s media center can be amassed in the cloud. In a world where more… read more