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Submission + - $30B Worth of Idle Servers Sit in Data Centers

yevgeniy_s writes: A recent study by Stanford University and TSO Logic estimates that about 10 million servers in the world's data centers are idle while using energy, cooling resources, and space. The "comatose" servers are estimated to be worth about $30 billion, not counting the expense of keeping them running. The primary culprit is lack of communication between disparate teams sitting in "management silos": http://www.datacenterknowledge...

Submission + - GLOBE at Night Aims to Map Global Light Pollution ( 1

Kilrah_il writes: Light pollution is a big problem this days, affecting not only astronomers and wild life, but also everyone else because of wasted energy. GLOBE at Night aims to raise awareness by urging people to go outside and find out how much light pollution there is in their area. "The campaign is easy and fun to do. First, you match the appearance of the constellation Orion in the first campaign (and Leo or Crux in the second campaign) with simple star maps of progressively fainter stars found. Then you submit your measurements, including the date, time, and location of your comparison. After all the campaign’s observations are submitted, the project’s organizers release a map of light-pollution levels worldwide."

Submission + - Intel processor launch 10-core Xeon in half 2011 (

An anonymous reader writes: The recognized provider of chips, Intel has recently announced that the 10-core "Westmere-EX "Xeon is available before the end of the first half of 2011.

The chip will be the next successor to the fastest server processor from Intel, the Nehalem-EX which has eight cores, and was published in 2010.

Intel will use 32nm process technology to construct the 10-core "Westmere-EX" Xeon processor. It should be noted that the current chip Nehalem-EX is designed with the processing of 45-nm technology.

A spokesman for the chip manufacturer, said the next target high-end servers in data centers, large databases and other application needs.

The spokesman also said the systems Westmere EX chips is two socket supports up to 2 TB memory. new technologies help users update the server processors.

Meanwhile, Intel's main rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is preparing a new Bulldozer architecture-based 16-core (code-named Interlagos) start in the third quarter of this year.

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