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Sustainability Specialist Thomas Loxley Rosenberg Guest Speaker 2-19-10

posted Feb 17, 2010, 12:23 PM by Debra Evans   [ updated Feb 20, 2010, 2:47 AM ]
Energy, Climate Change & Environmental Sustainability Specialist Thomas Loxley Rosenberg presented the following slides to the CSix Cloud Computing SIG during our regular Friday meeting 2-19-10.

Environmental Sustainability and Cloud Computing

Agenda
  • What is environmental sustainability?
  • The business case for environmental sustainability
  • Sustainability and IT
  • Sustainability and Cloud Computing

View and download presentation here.

The meeting notes taken by Taff contain some useful information discussed during the presentation.



Mark Streicker comments on event

What a super presentation today from Thomas.  Thanks Thomas.

For those of you that are interested in the topic presented today, I recommend two 10-minute video clips that I found interesting. 

The first (T for Trading) is about the Cap & Trade idea that Thomas mentioned today - I can't comment on the accuracy of the data presented, though it was certainly entertaining and thought provoking - perhaps Thomas can weigh in if there is something mis-leading in the video. 


The second clip (C for Cheating) is about Carbon Offsetting - funny, and also thought provoking.




Debra Evans comments on event
  • I met Thomas during a PinkSlipMixers.com event at B4Twelve Ultra Lounge in Palo Alto CA.  I didn't see Google or Tesla Motors as promised, but I did meet someone interesting.
  • We did the typical networking routine of introducing ourselves and talk about what we did or are interested in.
  • I knew Thomas' area of expertise would be a good compliment to the Cloud Computing SIG
  • Luckily, Thomas agreed to give an exciting and informative talk on Environmental Sustainability and Cloud Computing
  • Even though Social Media and other Cloud based companies are considered green and environmentally friendly, that common wisdom isn't necessarily true
    • Most IT hardware, upon which the Web depends, is not easily recyclable.  In fact, some elements are toxic to humans.
    • Data centers that online companies, such as Facebook, rely on coal power plants to run the servers.
  • Holistically managing the eco-efficiency (energy consumption, emissions) of ICT (information and communication technologies), can reduce at least 15% of greenhouse gases produced by non IT sources.
  • Discussed how the CLUMEQ Supercomputing Center convective air cooled data center, in collaboration with Sun, has rethought the whole concept of managing server farms.

cloud,sustainability,datacenter,silo,sun,clumeq

An innovative, energy-efficient cooling enclosure leveraging a 3-level cylindrical floor plan with up to 1.5 megawatts of cooling capacity and space to host up to 56 standard-sized racks. Free cooling conditions the air inside the silo by using cooler outside ambient air, along with a system of water filled pipes and coils, drizzle humidifiers and very high-efficiency fans.


Photos from Old Saratoga Post Office Cloud Computing SIG Meeting

Thomas L. Rosenberg, Taff Dirks, Julie McDaniel

Thomas L. Rosenberg, Taff Dirks, Julie McDaniel Setting up presentation laptop & projector

Thomas Loxley Rosenberg, Opening Presentation Slide

Thomas Loxley Rosenberg, Opening Presentation Slide

Thomas Loxley Rosenberg, What is Environmental Sustainability?

Thomas Loxley Rosenberg, What is Environmental Sustainability?

Mo Aidi, Thomas L. Rosenberg, Speaking to SIG Members after Presentation

Mo Aidi, Thomas L. Rosenberg, Speaking to SIG Members after Presentation

Sherwin Deng, Taff Dirks, Thomas L. Rosenberg, Ed Leung, Speaking to SIG Members after Presentation

Sherwin Deng, Taff Dirks, Thomas L. Rosenberg, Ed Leung, Speaking to SIG Members after Presentation

Sherwin Deng, Taff Dirks, Thomas L. Rosenberg, Ed Leung, Speaking to SIG Members after Presentation

Sherwin Deng, Taff Dirks, Thomas L. Rosenberg, Ed Leung, Speaking to SIG Members after Presentation

 

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