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Researchers Save Electricity With Low-power Processors and Flash Memory
October 14, 2009
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Intel Labs Pittsburgh have combined low-power, embedded processors typically used in netbooks with flash memory to create a server architecture that is fast, but far more energy efficient for data-intensive applications than the systems now used by major Internet services. At peak utilization, the cluster operates on less energy than a 100-watt light bulb.
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