IT and Telecom Experts to Set Targets for Sector Energy Efficiency
October 16, 2008
This week—at a Sunnyvale, California, workshop—experts from the telecommunications and information technology (IT) sectors initiated work on a vision and roadmap for energy efficiency.
The October 15-26, 2008, workshop was sponsored by Yahoo! Inc. in collaboration with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG), Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), and Emerson Network Power to provide the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and others with an industry vision of the energy future and IT and communications technology.
The event included the "Routing Telecom and Data Centers Toward Efficient Energy Use: Vision and Roadmap" workshop, sponsored by Yahoo! Inc.—an invitation-only event to engage a balanced group of industry leaders and other technology experts. The workshop and roadmap are expected to lead to technologies that will dramatically reduce the energy footprint of data centers and telecom systems.
"This workshop will provide valuable insight on the top technology challenges to creating highly efficient data centers and telecom central offices," said Gideon Varga, IT R&D lead for DOE's Industrial Technologies Program. "We want to find the big opportunities for technology advances that wouldn't happen on their own."
A draft vision and roadmap will be developed on the basis of input provided at the workshop and will be circulated to participants and additional members of the IT and telecommunication sectors for review and comment. Upon review, a final vision and roadmap will be released to the wider research community with the hope that it will help to align public and private technology investment, lead to collaborative activities between industry and DOE, and accelerate progress in reducing power demand.
Read the DOE press release.