Computers

by Mike Masnick




The Secret Behind Google's Power (Bill)

from the not-that-power... dept

And, by "power," we mean electrical power. Turns out that those thousands upon thousands of machines Google has running eat up a ton of electrical power, and one of the company's challenges has been to make their use of electricity more efficient. Apparently, turning the machines off at night isn't an option...

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    Haggie, 2 Nov 2005 @ 5:53pm

    Google Electricity

    Google is working on an Internet based, web-enabled cold fusion application that will power all of their internal electricity needs. Excess capacity will be delivered to consumers in exchange for viewing targeted advertisements based upon power consumption (ie: use your radio, you'll get music ads; use an electric weed trimmer, get an ad for Better Homes & Gardens, use an electric suction pump, get an ad for penis enlargement....)

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      Pasta Sauce, 2 Nov 2005 @ 11:00pm

      Re: Google Electricity

      Has cold fusion even been a proven theory yet?

      If not, it won't supprise me if google gets it to work.

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        Anonymous Coward, 3 Nov 2005 @ 2:10am

        Re: Google Electricity

        Sure but it's already patented and sold by Macromedia. LOL!

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        Cameron, 3 Nov 2005 @ 9:50am

        Re: Google Electricity

        cold fusion is a web development language. he wasn't referring to the theoretical technology based on nuclear fission.

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          cc, 3 Nov 2005 @ 10:20am

          Re: Google Electricity

          I think Google engineers would be insulted that anyone thinks they use ColdFusion for any app development. What next, Picasa is written using Visual Basic - LOL

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      bill, 3 Nov 2005 @ 9:22am

      Re: Google Electricity

      are you serious? what's next every American citizen regardless of age gets a federally employed babysitter? this is seriously an invasion of privacy!

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    barry goodknight, 2 Nov 2005 @ 8:14pm

    lol

    3 google

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    dustrider, 3 Nov 2005 @ 2:21am

    That explains it

    My boss was at the googleplex last week, and he came back flumoxed at why Serge and co. spent three hours doing a presentation to mainly business partners on solar and wind power.
    Another mystery solved.

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Nov 2005 @ 6:03am

    The Seti at Home model

    Google is working on a Seti-like project. When your computer's power-saving stuff kicks in (i.e. monitor turns off), your computer puts the saved power into special power-packets which go to Google.

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      Mike, 3 Nov 2005 @ 6:55am

      Re: The Seti at Home model

      Or maybe google plans on sucking power from any source availble and storing them into "Energon Cubes" which make it easy to transport large amounts of energy to their sever room

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    Geoff, 3 Nov 2005 @ 7:04am

    Off peak electricity

    Maybe they should use off-peak electricity (In UK between 1am and 7am) with data centres in different time zones they could have continous service.

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