26 Jul '11, 2pm

Interesting idea from Microsoft: Heat your home with "data furnaces."

Interesting idea from Microsoft: Heat your home with "data furnaces."

Jie Liu, Michel Goraczko, Sean James, Christian Belady of Microsoft, and Jiakang Lu, Kamin Whitehouse of the University of Virginia write: In this paper, we argue that the problem of heat generation can be turned into an advantage: computers can be placed directly into buildings to provide low latency cloud computing for its offices or residents, and the heat that is generated can be used to heat the building. This approach improves quality of service by moving storage and computation closer to the consumer, and simultaneously improves energy efficiency and reduces costs by reusing the electricity and electrical infrastructure that would normally be used for space heating alone. At 110 to 130 degrees F, the exhaust from computers is too cool for most functions, but perfect for home heating. Gang together 40 to 400 CPUs, collect the heat and you have a Data Furnace. They calc...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/heating-your-home...

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