The Register Green Computing Debate

When we at The Register noticed the Green Computing Hype hitting fever pitch, we figured we'd better try and help our readers get to the bottom of it. So, on the 27th of February 2008 we pulled together an online debate, with speakers from all areas of industry to see if there was any substance behind the Green spin machine.

With more than 1,000 readers in attendance, and our typically vocal host Ashlee Vance running the event, it proved to be a fascinating affair.

The presentations and Q&A sessions below should certainly help you understand a little more about the Greening of IT and how it might even save you a few dollars. If nothing else, you'll certainly enjoy some of the debates.

We've provided the presentations in a multitude of formats for your easy digestion - WMV, Flash, PDF or MP3. The former are the more engaging, but for some light reading or audio pleasure on the train, the PDF and MP3 files should provide just the fillip.

Enjoy
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Opening Remarks by Ashlee Vance

Presenter: Ashlee Vance, US Editor, The Register

El Reg logo Ashlee Vance US Editor of The Register and host for the day's activities, delivers a 10-minute presentation on the key Green Computing news events of the last year and gives you his take on the market today. Ashlee will introduce all of the day's speakers and co-host the Q&A after each presentation. 10 minute Presentation

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Reader Research Keynote

Presenter: Dale Vile, Managing Director, Freeform Dynamics

Freeform Dynamics Presented by independent industry analysts, Freeform Dynamics, the Green Computing Keynote will deliver analysis on the reality of Green Computing according to the thousands of IT Professionals polled. Readers of The Register shed light on the Green challenges they face in their organisation and pose some new ones as they give us the low-down on their companies Green priorities - if indeed there are any. 15 minute Presentation with a 15 minute Q&A

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Power in Perspective

Presenter: Albert Esser, Vice President of Power & Cooling Infrastructure, Dell Inc

Dell Where are we with power? How efficient is the average data centre, server or desktop. Can we really make a significant environmental impact by optimizing the power usage of our IT infrastructures - what are the stats? Good power management has other benefits in terms of cost savings, cooler running, being able to pack more kit into data centers, etc. This topic is all about the overall business case for power management from both an environmental and commercial impact perspective. 15 minute Presentation with a 15 minute Q&A

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Disposal and Recycling

Presenter: Louise Richards, CEO of Computer Aid International

Computer Aid International After failing to embrace the PC recycling issue for years, most of the major IT equipment manufacturers makers now have well-rounded recycling programs in place. But what are the obligations likely to be on customers as we look to the future? And in light of this, what should organizations be looking for when evaluating suppliers or potential suppliers to ensure maximum greenness , but also to make sure they are not saddled with disposal costs and issues down the line? 15 minute Presentation with a 15 minute Q&A

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Processors

Presenter: Kevin O'Donovan, Strategic Marketing Manager, Intel EMEA

Intel Having dealt with the "why?" of power management, this topic starts to home in on the "how?", beginning with the components. A new wave of more energy-efficient processors has arrived, spanning the laptop to the server room. In the mainstream market, Intel and AMD are battling it out to claim "the greenest chip maker" crown. We also have companies such as Sun working on radical, energy efficient designs. Since the power consumption issue starts with the processor, let's have a look at just how far we've come over the past couple of years. 15 minute Presentation with a 15 minute Q&A

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Read Answers to your questions

Chris Peters on 45nm Mini Webcast | MP3

David Jenkins on Data Centre Health Mini Webcast | MP3

Shesha Krishnapura on Parallel Computing Mini Webcast | MP3

Shesha Krishnapura on HPC Mini Webcast | MP3

Lifecycle View

Presenter: David Tebbutt, Program Director, Freeform Dynamics

Freeform Dynamics Replacing a piece of old kit with the latest power efficient alternative, may seem like a 'green' thing to do, but when you take into account the environment impact of the manufacture, delivery and installation of the new equipment, together with the impact of disposing of the discarded kit, is it really the right thing to do in either environmental and cost terms? Where can organizations get the data to support such decisions and what are the calculations that need to done? 15 minute Presentation with a 15 minute Q&A

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Virtualization - Reducing the Energy Footprint in Data Centers

Presenter: Winston Bumpus, Director of Standards Architecture, VMware

VMWare Virtualization software is so hot that it's cool. Analysts and vendors think you can consolidate a number of applications on a single physical server without suffering a huge increase in power consumption. This is a result of servers chewing through lots of power even when they're under utilized. We'll have a look at just how big these power savings may be. 15 minute Presentation with a 15 minute Q&A

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Roundtable

Presenters: Ashlee Vance, The Register - plus all Speakers

El Reg logo Ashlee Vance US Editor of The Register takes the gloves off as The Register debate reaches its climax with a roundtable discussion. All of the day's presenters and viewers are asked to take part and grill the panel. As long as it takes

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Debate sessions now available!

All sessions from The Register's Green Computing Debate are available to watch on demand. Additionally, the presentations and audio can now be downloaded for off-line consumption.

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