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Google's kilowatt-hour cost worries

spiralling hardware energy costs of G'servers

9:01 pm on Dec 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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"If performance per watt is to remain constant over the next few years, power costs could easily overtake hardware costs, possibly by a large margin."


1:20 am on Dec 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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you weep for them .they'll count the money while you do ..dont make too much noise ..they'll lose count .:)
1:47 am on Dec 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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If Google were really concerned about costs in that area, they could capture all the waste heat from the server farm and heat the Googleplex or preheat the hot water system (summer).

Energy In = Energy Out. It is all dissipated in the form of heat.

9:24 am on Dec 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Well, not all energy is dissipated through heat. But thats a bit off topic. ;) There are other forms that energy loss could take.

I really don't think this is an issue. There hasn't been a lot of research/design put into power consumption up to this point, because it isn't an issue currently. If it becomes an issue, research/design work will increase in the field, and the market will solve the problem.

Don't lose any sleep over it.