How Data Centers Are Guzzling up the World’s Electricity - with Dr. Bharath Ramakrishnan

How Data Centers Are Guzzling up the World’s Electricity - with Dr. Bharath Ramakrishnan

Show Notes

Whether you’re streaming "House of the Dragon" on HBO or just chatting with your friends on Whatsapp, both cause a chain reaction and use energy. Today nearly all the world's Internet traffic goes through data centers or DCs for short. and it all the crazy things we do on the internet from cloud computing, AI, self driving to streaming your favourite shows on Netflix.

There are big costs to running these massive servers! These DCs, need a huuuuge amount of electricity to run their equipment and make the internet that we use possible. They also need a lot of it to keep the machines cool.

Research shows that DCs consume close to 1% of the worlds electricity consumption!If DCs were a country, it would be the 3rd biggest electricity consuming nation, just behind the 2 biggest economies today in the US & China! And that is staggering! All those memes you share with your friends is consuming so much energy.

In this episode, we continue our cloud series conversations with Bharath Ramakrishnan, Senior Thermal Engineer at Microsoft. Bharath understands the technology of data centers intimately and at the same time, is working to answer the question: “What’s the best way to keep Data Centers ‘Cool’?”

Bharath chats with us about How Datacentres Are Guzzling up the World’s Electricity. And this trend is not going has been every increasing! Since 2010, the number of internet users has doubled and global internet traffic has increased 15-fold! This has very severe impacts to local communities and their environments in general!

So what can we do? Well, Bharath is at the forefront of this exact problem and is working on some very exciting sustainable methods of reducing DC energy footprint to help us achieve our NetZero goals

Stay tuned for more on incredible technologies like liquid immersion that are driving the industry to a more green future in our next episode.

Until then Stay Curious!


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