Data center as furnace?

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Experts love holding up cloud computing infrastructure as an ideal model of green IT because of the architectural efficiencies it entails (at least in theory). Most of us equate cloud infrastructure with massive data centers, but a new paper from Microsoft Research and a computer scientist from the University of Virginia offers a contrarian point of view.

The paper, “The Data Furnace: Heating Up With Cloud Computing,” argues that server architects that the researcher call “data furnaces” could offer a lower carbon footprint in certain scenarios, particularly home offices or office buildings. That is because they theorize that the servers could put out enough heat to become a primary heating system for these buildings, if connected into a building’s existing heat distribution systems and duct work.

So, instead of worrying so much about hot data centers are, we would work harder to redirect their heat where it could actually be useful.
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That is a very old idea. I went to a company in the UK about 30 years ago any they used the heat from their computers to heat the whole office complex and had enough left over to heat a swimming pool for staff use.
Also back in the 70's when there was a fuel crisis and offices could not be run above 60 degrees, I was at Rolls Royce in Derby and their computer centre was built into the centre of the office complex so that the computer heated the offices. That complex actually had to use nearly twice as much power to cool the offices down to the government imposed limit.
 
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