Ruth Mitchell

Sunderland leads the way in green computing

One of world’s first environmentally friendly grid computers has been designed by experts at the University of Sunderland. The new computer system, which will be exhibited at the International IT in the Community Conference 2007 based at St Peter’s campus this week, will not only offer the processing power of a multi-million pound computer at an affordable price to small businesses, but will do so without damaging the environment. The university-designed grid system uses a cluster of smaller interconnected computers to create a powerful single system.

Professor John Tindle, who is leading the research team, said: “Our grid is probably the first to be designed to work in an open space without air conditioning. “Our initial research into network design for Grid computers looks extremely promising and we hope our results will to lead to better, greener design and performance for a new generation of affordable powerful computers.”

The International IT in the Community Conference 2007 will be based at the University of Sunderland on 5 and 6 of July, supported by an established IT exhibition, IT Works, which will host stands from leading industry suppliers.

Chris Laws, project manager for the event at St Peter’s campus, said: “With the green agenda being so topical at the moment, advances in technology like this one are of great interest to the IT industry and I’m sure this exhibit will prove very popular at the event.”

For more information on the International IT in the Community Conference and IT Works, visit www.itevent.org/itcommunity or call Chris Laws on 0191 2414523.

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