Statement by Ryan Heath on a New EU-funded microchip to deliver greener computing
Type: Speech - summary
End production: 26/09/2012 First transmission: 26/09/2012
On 26 September 2012, Ryan Heath, Spokesperson of Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, gave a statement on a New EU-funded microchip to deliver greener computing, in Brussels.
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||Soundbite by Ryan Heath, Spokesperson of Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, (in ENGLISH): It seems today we can't get enough of technology in our lives but that interesting technology comes with an environmental cost and that is something the European Commission is trying to tackle today by announcing the first results of a research project that is trying to make computing a much greener field.
So, what we have done is develop a special 3D microchip as part of the EuroCloud server project. What that is trying to do is adapt the sort of low power technologies that make our smart phones work and it is trying to make that work on a much larger scale. And where we are applying that research is in the data centres that power cloud computing, so services like Facebook, Gmail, Spotify, Itunes, they all rely on theses huge data centres that can sometimes be as large as football stadiums and which if you combine them all together around the world use up as much energy as 30 nuclear power plants can produce. Obviously that is a huge amount of energy, a huge amount of carbon emissions and what our research has shown is that you can cut those emissions by about 90%. Just imagine if Boeing or Airbus were announcing a new plane that use 90% less fuel, that is the sort of progress we are talking about with the EuroCloud server project and we are saying this today because it provides a useful preview of the overall work that we are announcing tomorrow with the EU's new cloud computing strategy.