Is the Energy Cloud like the Data Cloud?


An interesting quote from AMD about the relationship between cloud computing and distributed power generation. Distributed power in the future might come from a variety of sources, including those that are variable like wind and solar. The idea is that cloud servers would shift computing tasks away from energy-poor locations to those with more available energy at the time.

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/green/amd-hp-seek-ways-to-channel-renewable-energy-into-data-centers/18270

Telling quote from AMD Corporate Vice President of Research and Advanced Development. I’m not convinced. Electricity loss over distance and relays is significant – easily a big chunk of total power generated. In contrast, information can be collected perfectly over noisy (read low-power) channels with perfect precision. The analogy is superficial.

“The distributed computing model of the cloud parallels the distributed power-generation model of solar and wind energy. Directing power to data centers from these emerging renewable energy resources without relying on a large-scale, traditional electrical grid is a key challenge. One ultimate goal is the co-location of dynamic energy resources with dynamic computing resources to improve the economics, performance and environment benefits of both infrastructures.”

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