Edge devices improve drilling efficiency for energy company

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Moving compute and storage resources to edge locations can reduce latency and bandwidth needs, improve performance and save money. At the same time, widespread edge computing deployments can introduce significant management challenges. Servers can be hard enough to maintain when they’re in an on-prem data center. What if they’re deployed in the middle of nowhere?Energy companies know all too well the challenges of remote computing.“When we drill a well, it’s always in the middle of nowhere,” says Dingzhou Cao, senior advisor for data science at independent shale producer Devon Energy, a Fortune 500 company based in Oklahoma City, Okla.Sending a massive stream of data back to a central location isn’t always feasible, but the company still wants to know what happens at its sites. “We always have a bad connection to the Internet,” he...

Akamai boosts traffic by 350% but keeps energy use flat thanks to edge computing

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Content delivery network gets 23% of global power needs from green sources including two wind farms and one solar array in the U.S. Image: iStock/Arkadiusz Warguła  In 2020, Akamai's global platform used 10 times less energy per unit of capacity than it did in 2015, according to the company. At the same time, traffic grew by more than 350%. These gains are due to the company's widely-distributed network and focus on edge computing.  By using machine learning, Akamai caches the most relevant data to its edge servers and eliminates the need for repetitive fetches to the origin. This saves on potential space and CPU power...

Surpassing the lower limit on computing energy consumption

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IMAGE: The postage-stamp sized chip at the heart of an iPhone 5 has around one billion transistors. view more  Credit: Errol Hunt (FLEET) New FLEET research confirms the potential for topological materials to substantially reduce the energy consumed by computing. The collaboration of FLEET researchers from University of Wollongong, Monash University and UNSW have shown in a theoretical study that using topological insulators rather than conventional semiconductors to make transistors could reduce the gate voltage by half, and the energy used by each transistor by a factor of four. To accomplish this, they had to find a way to overcome the famous 'Boltzmann's tyranny' that puts a lower limit on transistor switching energy. They found a surprising result: gate voltage applied to a topological insulator could create a...

“Wearable Microgrid” Harvests Energy From Human Body to Power Electronic Gadgets

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The wearable microgrid uses energy from human sweat and movement to power an LCD wristwatch and electrochromic device. Credit: Lu Yin Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a “wearable microgrid” that harvests and stores energy from the human body to power small electronics. It consists of three main parts: sweat-powered biofuel cells, motion-powered devices called triboelectric generators, and energy-storing supercapacitors. All parts are flexible, washable and can be screen printed onto clothing. The technology, reported in a paper published today (March 9, 2021) in Nature Communications, draws inspiration from community microgrids. “We’re applying the concept of the microgrid to create wearable systems that are powered sustainably, reliably and independently,” said co-first author Lu Yin, a...

Quantum Computing for Enterprise Market Size to Reach USD

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Jan. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The global quantum computing for enterprise market is forecast to reach a market size of USD 3,907.4 Million by 2027, with a steady reveunue growth rate, according to a current analysis by Emergen Research. Growing need for simultaneous calculation of vast data volume has been resulting in rapidly inclining demand for and deployment of these solutions, which is a major factor driving growth of the global quantum computing for the enterprise market. This trend is expected to continue to gain traction during the forecast period, thereby resulting steady increase in market size growth. In addition, rising need for optimal solutions to help to mitigate business related difficulties and improve business value is expected to further fuel growth of the global quantum computing for...

BP, Amazon extend renewable energy and cloud computing agreements

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12/10/2020 Amazon cloud computing infrastructure LONDON - BP and Amazon have agreed to extend their longstanding relationship, with BP to supply additional renewable energy to power Amazon’s operations, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) enabling the acceleration of BP’s program to digitize its infrastructure and operations. BP sees building relationships with major corporate partners such as Amazon as a key part of its strategy of transforming into an integrated energy company and to delivering its ambition of becoming a net zero company by 2050 or sooner and helping...