[linux-elitists] Wednesday 29 August 2007 NYLUG and New York Greening of the Bits: Jim Gleason of NYLUG and IBM on the Green Data Center
Mon Aug 27 11:31:26 PDT 2007
Personal note from Jay Sulzberger:
Jim Gleason is the founder of NYLUG, and he is one of the
original team of advocates and coaches who, ten years ago, helped
Big Blue out of the closet and into the light and sun of Free
This meeting is an important meeting, and, even if you have never
thought about watts and bits, come on down and meet Jim Gleason.
Full official notice below.
Jay Sulzberger <email@example.com>
Corresponding Secretary LXNY
LXNY is New York's Free Computing Organization.
From: Jim Gleason <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: NYLUG Announcements <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2007 09:45:01 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: [nylug-announce] NYLUG Presents: Jim Gleason on The Green Data
Center & New Energy SIG
Wednesday, August 29th, 2007
76th 9th Ave., between 15th and 16th St.
4th Floor, enter near 16th Street
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Jim Gleason (IBM Corporation)
The Green Data Center
Driven with a 10-to-1 price performance improvement over Unix-based
"big iron" systems, Linux x86 servers have transformed the world's IT
infrastructure. Over the last ten years, compute capacity has been
gained by adding higher-density Linux servers to a data center; and
then, the difficult tasks of power and thermal management were handed
off to the data center administrator. This is no longer feasible.
Energy consumption in data centers has doubled since 2000 and they are
fast approaching the limits of their power and cooling capacities. By
way of comparison, an average home consumes approximately 1 watt per
square foot of power and a typical office uses 10 watts/square foot;
but a corporate data center consumes 200 watts per square foot or more.
In the US, data center infrastructure comprises 1-2% of overall
national electrical usage. This is the equivalent of five 1,000 MW
power plants. And by the way, demand is _not_ decreasing. The rising
cost of a kilowatt further compounds the problem. The cost to cool a
server now exceeds the cost to purchase it. In many cases, extra
electricity isn't available at any price. Some utilities, especially
those in crowded urban areas, are telling customers that power feeds
are at capacity and they simply have no more power to sell.
Not only do power-constrained environments inhibit business growth,
they also emit millions of tons of greenhouse gases every year.
Whether you are discussing energy or discussing climate, you are really
talking about the same thing. The question is, how can corporations
meet their increasing demands for more electricity and protect the
climate at the same time?
Speaking from first-hand experience, Jim Gleason of IBM Corp., will
explain all of the modern approaches for reducing data center operating
costs, including virtualization and techniques for optimizing server
utilization. A broad range of technologies will be covered, such as
phase-change "cool storage," power management software and "hot spot"
reduction, that improve cooling and minimize the carbon footprint of
data centers. In addition, Jim will discuss other IBM initatives to
improve the nation's electrical grid and IBM Research efforts involved
in transforming renewable energy, including solar power. Lastly, the
floor will be opened up to discuss collective lessons learned from open
source software development and distributed computing, and how this
knowledge may factor into the possibility of distributed energy and
New! Energy 2.0 User Group
Attention Energy Geeks! NYLUG will be creating one of the first
"Energy 2.0" user groups in the New York area. Similar to the MIT
Energy Club, this special interest group will host technical speakers
and hold social events for members of the community who wish to
interact and make an impact in the emerging energy sector space. An
announcement on the first event will be made at this meeting.
* IBM: The Green Data Center
* IBM: Virtualization Curbs Data Center Energy Costs
* Press Release: IBM Launches "Big Green Linux" Initiative
* The MIT Energy Club
About Jim Gleason
Responsible for the introduction of the first mission-critical Linux
clusters to Wall Street investment banks ten years ago, Jim Gleason
began to observe energy and heat issues in these data centers soon
thereafter and has focused his efforts on these concerns ever since.
Currently Jim works in IBM's Financial Services Sector Industry
Solutions unit. IBM's "Project Big Green" is a $1 billion per year
initiative with the goal of focusing IBM expertise and resources to
reduce data center energy consumption and transform the world's
business infrastructures into "greener" data centers. Jim is also
the founder of the New York Linux Users Group, which is sponsored
by and holds its meetings at Google's facilities in downtown Manhattan.
Please note that this meeting will be held at Google, 76 9th Ave,
4th floor, between 15th and 16th Streets, and not at IBM. This is
the old Port Authority Building, and takes up the entire block.
You want the entrance nearest 16th Ave.
Google is also graciously providing refreshments during the
Our friends at Prentice-Hall kindly provide us with review copies
of various new titles. One of these could be yours, all you have
to do is agree to review the book within a reasonable period of
Swag (Give Away)
During/after the meeting... unusually terrific swag may be given
After the meeting ... Many of us have been meeting over at the
Hog Pit starting around 8:15-8:30. http://www.hogpit.com
22 Ninth Avenue at 13th Street, New York, New York 10014
Our Python workshops will now be focusing their energy on building the
new NYLUG web site. All are welcome, from beginners to old hands, and
there's work for non-coders too. The workshops meet every other
Tuesday, at the NY Public Library, Hudson Park Branch.
66 Leroy St. NY NY from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Next meeting is August 28.
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