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Submission + - EPA sends data center power study to Congress

BDPrime writes: "We've all been hearing ad nauseum about power and cooling issues in the data center. Now the EPA has issued a final report to Congress detailing the problem and what might be done to fix it. Most likely what will happen is the EPA will add servers and data centers into its Energy Star program. If you don't feel like reading the entire 133-page report, the 14-page executive summary is a little easier to get through."

Submission + - EPA issues data center power report to Congress (

BDPrime writes: "The EPA has issued its final report on server and data center efficiency to Congress. The report includes details about how much energy data centers are consuming, how data center operators can fix the problem themselves, and what the EPA and the industry are doing to create benchmarks (like Energy Star) to compare the energy efficiencies of servers and data centers."

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The story has an error. IBM operates a total of 8 million square feet of data center space. These six data centers in particular are just a portion of that. Though I couldn't figure out how much square footage is in the six data centers, IBM told me that the three U.S. sites (New York, Connecticut, Colorado) take up about 184,000 square feet. I don't know how much the other three sites (U.K., Japan, Australia) take up, but assuming that they also add up to 184,000 square feet, you're talking about 370,000 square feet total for the six sites.

Submission + - Google to go carbon neutral?

BDPrime writes: "Bridget Botelho has a good interview with the guy who heads Google's conservation efforts. He talks about how the search giant is going to accomplish its goal of being carbon neutral by 2008. Some ways it's doing it: super-efficient power supplies, wind and solar power, high-efficient lighting, and offsets.

If Google can be carbon neutral, I think just about any company can get there (as long as they're willing to pay for offsets)."

Submission + - Bioengineered bacteria to stop radioactive plume

BDPrime writes: "The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which is part of the U.S. Department of Energy, is looking for a new supercomputer that can help the lab prevent a radioactive plume from leeching into the Columbia River.

The supercomputers are helping to bioengineer bacteria that make the radioactive plume insoluble, and thus incapable of traveling through the ground water and into the river.

The lab is currently using a 120-rack supercomputer from HP that includes 1,000 Itanium-based servers running a Linux distro provided by HP. But the system is starting to slow, and the lab expects to buy a new one by this fall."
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Submission + - Putting Together The Linux Office

somethinginmyeye writes: There's a lot of chatter about 2007 being the "Year of the Linux Desktop," but what about the "Linux Office"? The CRN Test Center took a crack at putting together an open-source environment for a small-business office. The verdict: Microsoft has a lot to worry about down the road, but in 2007, Linux is still lacking the driver support, ease of use and interoperability with mainstream, legacy software to make office migration pain-free.

Submission + - Intel Launches New Chipset

mikemuch writes: "The new P35 and G33 chipsets, codenamed "Bear Lake" are now available. They have a new memory controller that supports DDR3 RAM at up to 1333MHz, a new southbridge, and will support the upcoming 45nm Penryn CPUs. They don't yet have an actually new and different GPU — their GMA 3100 is pretty much the same as the GMA 3000 of the G965 chipset. ExtremeTech has details on the new chipset architecture."

Submission + - Why Microsoft Won't List Patent Violations

BlueOni0n writes: "Earlier today, Microsoft announced it will begin actively seeking reparations for patent infringement by Linux and the Open Source Community in general. One opinion on this issues is that it's fear of having these IP-infringement claims debunked or challenged that's keeping Microsoft from publishing these 235 alleged infringements to the public — and instead waiting until the OS community comes to the bargaining table. But a more optimistic thought is that Microsoft is afraid to list these violations not because it's afraid they're false but because it knows they can be worked-around by the open-source community — leaving Microsoft high & dry without any leverage at all."

Submission + - Gov't requests sex offender data from MySpace

athloi writes: "Attorney generals from seven states sent a letter to on Monday, asking the social networking site to provide the names of registered sex offenders who use the site.

While no one wants to defend sex offenders, this could lead to account signups that require real identification so the provider is not subjected to subpoenas for sex offenders on a regular basis."

Submission + - NYSE moving off the mainframe

BDPrime writes: "The New York Stock Exchange today started its migration off the mainframe to AIX and Linux.

Francis Feldman, the vice president of the shared data center for Securities Industry Automation Corp. (SIAC), the NYSE's technology arm, said the bottom line for the migration was the bottom line. He estimates the move will halve the cost of transactions, and though he wouldn't detail how much that would mean on a yearly basis, he said it is "serious financial savings, very serious."

AIX on System p will run the recompiled application code; Linux on HP x86 servers will run the FTP transfers."

Submission + - The world's longest carbon nanotube

Roland Piquepaille writes: "As you probably know, carbon nanotubes have very interesting mechanical, electrical and optical properties. But they are 'small.' Now, researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) have developed a process to build extremely long aligned carbon nanotube arrays. They've been able to produce 18-mm-long carbon nanotubes which might be spun into nanofibers. Such electrically conductive fibers could one day replace copper wires. The researchers say their nanofibers could be used for applications such as nanomedicine, aerospace and electronics. Read more for additional references and an illustration showing a CNT array image of UC's mission statement."
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Submission + - Quantum Physics says Goodbye to Reality

number1scatterbrain writes: "Quantum physics says goodbye to reality (Apr 20) Some physicists are uncomfortable with the idea that all individual quantum events are innately random. This is why many have proposed more complete theories, which suggest that events are at least partially governed by extra "hidden variables". Now physicists from Austria claim to have performed an experiment that rules out a broad class of hidden-variables theories that focus on realism — giving the uneasy consequence that reality does not exist when we are not observing it (Nature 446 871)."

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