Friday, August 15, 2008

That's a lot of rolled oats....

It's not a secret that I work at a major internet company, and one of the things we focus on is electricity consumption in all aspects. We are not the only one, our competitors do the same thing. It's not just good business, it's the responsible thing to do. At this link Microsoft's Rob Bernard explains how they monitor their energy usage and comparison of how much compute power is used in terms of horsepower (more traditionally used to measure the power of an engine) is quite amazing when each internet query uses 97,000 horses (I wonder how they feed those horses). Well not your query, but everyone's at once. The only time we tend to externalize our energy consumption is when our electricity bill comes in, this is another way of visualizing.


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