Water-Cooling Means More Chips With Less Heat

IBM showed off a new computing system yesterday that packed layers of semiconductors in a vertical stack and cooled it with water running in hair-thin pipes along the chips themselves. This is more impressive than the water-cooled copper plates that subsequently cool chips, and a leap ahead of the traditional method of just using straight AC to cool data centers.

By running the water directly alongside the chips the system can pack even more chips into a smaller space without creating a ton of heat. Less heat means you need less AC to cool the system and thus less energy. This technology should show up in data centers within the next five-to-10 years.

Fans of reuse and conservation may wonder what to do with all that water. Well IBM thinks it could go to heat office buildings or provide hot water, as illustrated in the video below. Right now, some innovative companies are using heated air from a data center to take care of heating and electrical needs. Qualcomm uses heat expelled from servers to help run a cogeneration plant at its W campus in San Diego.

The Cork Internet Exchange in Ireland has also gained some fame for doing that with its data center. CIX has closed off aisles containing the fronts of servers, which require cooler temperatures and let the hot air from the back warm the room. The rooms also have heat exchangers that suck that warm air out of the room and use it to power the heating of other areas of the building, as well as of warm water. Check out this nifty video:


Lost and Found the Web 2.0 Way

There’s one big downside to dragging all your web-worker gear from venue to venue, Starbucks to client site: you lose things. A mini iPod here, a cell phone there – besides the trauma, drama and cost, you just know you’re never going to see that physical bit of your nomadic persona again. Even if you’re old trusty cell phone isn’t worth fencing – few people want to bother with the hassle or deal with a stranger under these awkward circumstances.

The people at ImHONEST think they’ve come up with a solution – a Web 2.0 version of Lost and Found that makes it easy and rewarding for strangers to reunite you with your stuff, but still protects your identity. The process starts with small stickers uniquely numbered ($14.95 per six) you affix to the stuff you haul around – from laptops to handheld scanners, MP3 players to portable hard drives.

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NoahPad UMPC input methods on video


I promised myself I was going to hit the sack early, but as James is learning this week, I can’t stop reading feeds. Good for you that I have such a bad mobile habit because I picked up on this video that demonstrates the input methods on the new NoahPad UMPC. I was trying to explain how it worked, but being dead tired, I didn’t do a good job. Well… that and it’s just doggone hard to explain. Maybe this will help you better understand this interesting approach of using two giant buttons that also have touch sensitivity. Make sure you watch the video to the end… you’ll find a new use for those extra hangers in your closet.

Vid-Biz: Babelgum, PeerApp, Kaleidascape

Babelgum Partners with Cachelogic; Internet TV network to use Cachelogic’s Velocix network to power content streaming. (release)

PeerApp to Support HTTP Video Streaming; new software supports the HTTP video-streaming protocol and caches traffic without requiring ISPs to install proxy servers or change definitions or configurations. (emailed release)

Kaleidescape Catching on With Hollywood Creatives; high-end system digitizes movie collections to a server for access in any room. (Variety)

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Boston Sox up, VCs down

David Churbuck Reports that Venture Capital investments in Boston area are swooning, just as Sox is rising. (By the way, curse out of the way, next year, its all about baseball…. just baseball!)

My sense is that IT investment opportunities – the traditional bedrock of the region – have all but dried up. If the early 90s were driven by networking startups founded by displaced minicomputer engineering talent tossed on the street by the extinction of the dinosaurs at DEC, Wang, Data General, et al – Stratacom, Chipcom, etc. – the early part of this decade hasn’t seen the talent spinoffs expected from the region’s early strengths in search services. I sense that with a lot of overhang from uninvested funds, the region’s VCs are following two strategies: one, if you don’t know what to do, don’t do anything; and second, if you can’t spend what you have, don’t raise more.