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The Economic Breakdown of Moore's Law

Ken Brill  (Uptime Institute)
Masterworks Session
Green HPC II
Thursday,  04:15PM - 05:00PM
Room 18A/18B/18C/18D
Moore's law has brought us unparalleled computing. But, the rate of computing energy efficiency improvement has fallen far behind computational improvement so total energy consumption is up. Between 2005 and 2015, between 20 and 30 major 1,000 megawatt power plants must be built to supply increasing IT energy demands. As a result, we have reached the point where the cost of facilities and electricity now exceeds the cost of the computer. This imbalance will only get worse unless we change the way we do things. This session will focus on whole systems thinking to identify out of the box opportunities to restore the previous economics of computing. The session will end with group interaction in identifying supercomputer industry recommendations for DOE's 09 roadmap of future data center efficiency initiatives.
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