Conscious Computing

Now that the world is heating up, so are the discussions and debates on reducing resources required for computing. Reduced power, reduced heating, sleeping and suspending processors and processes.

Effective and efficient handling of our computing needs at minimal resource consumption in the complete life cycle of a network of computers has become the focus of attention. I call this conscious computing across the board—and my dream is to have a Conscious Computing Award for those solutions, projects and companies that will startle our view in this area and provide unprecedented breakthroughs in the area of smart spiritual software.

I will start tracking ideas, initiatives, programs, projects and inspirational sources on this topic. Here are the first two:

  1. Power Plays: How power consumption will shape the future of computing on how Intel is using smart self-organizing principles on chip-level to maximize the performance/power ratio in favour of green or conscious computing.
  2. Sun’s Jonathan Schwartz on Switching Subjects to drastically simplify cabling and reducing power and cooling requirements in massive data centers in their Project Magnum and Constellation System. Good that Sun has Andy Bechtolsheim back on board. Do you know that Andy missed his plane and changed his name?

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