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Uploaded on Aug 15, 2007
Yesterday, I posted two blogs (here and here) regarding an AMD-hosted panel discussion that I attended in Cambridge, MA. Execs from AMD, EMC, HP, and APC were there to talk about short term measures that can yield savings in energy expenditures and green house gas emissions today, and then the ways in which they're looking to enable deeper efficiencies through new technologies and automation. For example, imagine that, collectively, the temperature sensors on the cores of all of the microprocessors in a datacenter were dynamically adjusting the controls on that datacenter's air conditioning system. Cool, eh? (literally and figuratively).
One of the more interesting parts of the morning however came when a member of the audience — Arthur Howard — was invited to the front of the room to brief the room on the green initiatives that he's involved in. Howard works for ICF Consulting which in turn is working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to come up with a way for computers to get the EPA's Energy Star seal of approval — basically, the same Energy Star sticker you see on common household appliances like washers, dryers, and refrigerators.