UA researchers try to minimize Internet’s energy use
Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 7:00 am
Patrick McNamara, Inside Tucson Business
These days life without the Internet seems unimaginable.
But even as few question the necessity of the Internet, hardly anyone considers the environmental impacts that reliance creates.
A pair of University of Arizona researchers have begun a project that seeks to find ways to minimize the energy consumption of the Internet.
“People never thought there could be an environmental impact,” said Beichuan Zhang, assistant professor of computer science.
Zhang and research partner Chris Gniady, also a computer science professor, have been given a four-year, $620,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop new internet protocols and devices that would minimize energy consumption associated with the Internet.
Worldwide, the Internet consumes volumes of energy – from computer and data networks, down to the individual users.