Do you hope data centers consume more and more of our precious power? If this is the case you should be happy to know that Intel will buy Altera FPGA for $16.7B! In 2013, the power consumption linked with the servers and storage IC activity, plus the electricity consumed in the systems cooling these high performance chips has reached 91 BILLION KWh (or the equivalent of 34 500MW power plant, or a $9B+ electricity bill). Could we see stabilization or even a decrease of this power consumption in the near future due to Moore’s law or something else? No way!
The amount of data exchanged (and stored) in the cloud is growing by 60% per year. This is the natural evolution linked with the smartphone explosion and with our common behavior evolution: we want to capture image and sound (store it), share it by sending it through the cloud, see TV, series or movies when moving, and so on.
Why link the Intel/Altera deal with power consumption increases in the data centers?
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