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NYC LOCAL: Wednesday 29 August 2007 NYLUG and New York Greening of the B

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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Wednesday 29 August 2007 NYLUG and New York Greening of the Bits: Jim Gleason of NYLUG and IBM on the Green Data Center
Date: 27 Aug 2007 14:33:17 -0400

Personal note from Jay Sulzberger:

Jim Gleason is the founder of NYLUG, and he is one of the
original team of advocates and coaches who, ten years ago, helped
Big Blue out of the closet and into the light and sun of Free

This meeting is an important meeting, and, even if you have never
thought about watts and bits, come on down and meet Jim Gleason.

Full official notice below.

Jay Sulzberger <>
Corresponding Secretary LXNY
LXNY is New York's Free Computing Organization.


 From: Jim Gleason <>
 To: NYLUG Announcements <>
 Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2007 09:45:01 -0400 (EDT)
 Subject: [nylug-announce] NYLUG Presents: Jim Gleason on The Green Data
        Center & New Energy SIG

 Wednesday, August 29th, 2007
 6:30pm-8:00 PM
 76th 9th Ave., between 15th and 16th St.
 4th Floor, enter near 16th Street

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 NYLUG meetings other than those described here. (you are not
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                       Jim Gleason (IBM Corporation)
                          The Green Data Center

   Driven with a 10-to-1 price performance improvement over Unix-based
   "big iron" systems, Linux x86 servers have transformed the world's IT
   infrastructure.  Over the last ten years, compute capacity has been
   gained by adding higher-density Linux servers to a data center; and
   then, the difficult tasks of power and thermal management were handed
   off to the data center administrator.  This is no longer feasible.

   Energy consumption in data centers has doubled since 2000 and they are
   fast approaching the limits of their power and cooling capacities.  By
   way of comparison, an average home consumes approximately 1 watt per
   square foot of power and a typical office uses 10 watts/square foot;
   but a corporate data center consumes 200 watts per square foot or more.
   In the US, data center infrastructure comprises 1-2% of overall
   national electrical usage.  This is the equivalent of five 1,000 MW
   power plants.  And by the way, demand is _not_ decreasing.  The rising
   cost of a kilowatt further compounds the problem.  The cost to cool a
   server now exceeds the cost to purchase it.  In many cases, extra
   electricity isn't available at any price.  Some utilities, especially
   those in crowded urban areas, are telling customers that power feeds
   are at capacity and  they simply have no more power to sell.

   Not only do power-constrained environments inhibit business growth,
   they also emit millions of tons of greenhouse gases every year.
   Whether you are discussing energy or discussing climate, you are really
   talking about the same thing.  The question is, how can corporations
   meet their increasing demands for more electricity and protect the
   climate at the same time?

   Speaking from first-hand experience, Jim Gleason of IBM Corp., will
   explain all of the modern approaches for reducing data center operating
   costs, including virtualization and techniques for optimizing server
   utilization.  A broad range of technologies will be covered, such as
   phase-change "cool storage," power management software and "hot spot"
   reduction, that improve cooling and minimize the carbon footprint of
   data centers.  In addition, Jim will discuss other IBM initatives to
   improve the nation's electrical grid and IBM Research efforts involved
   in transforming renewable energy, including solar power.  Lastly, the
   floor will be opened up to discuss collective lessons learned from open
   source software development and distributed computing, and how this
   knowledge may factor into the possibility of distributed energy and

   New! Energy 2.0 User Group
   Attention Energy Geeks! NYLUG will be creating one of the first
   "Energy 2.0" user groups in the New York area.  Similar to the MIT
   Energy Club, this special interest group will host technical speakers
   and hold social events for members of the community who wish to
   interact and make an impact in the emerging energy sector space.  An 
   announcement on the first event will be made at this meeting.

   Further Information:

   * IBM: The Green Data Center

   * IBM: Virtualization Curbs Data Center Energy Costs

   * Press Release: IBM Launches "Big Green Linux" Initiative

   * The MIT Energy Club

 About Jim Gleason
   Responsible for the introduction of the first mission-critical Linux
   clusters to Wall Street investment banks ten years ago, Jim Gleason
   began to observe energy and heat issues in these data centers soon
   thereafter and has focused his efforts on these concerns ever since.
   Currently Jim works in IBM's Financial Services Sector Industry 
   Solutions unit.  IBM's "Project Big Green" is a $1 billion per year
   initiative with the goal of focusing IBM expertise and resources to
   reduce data center energy consumption and transform the world's
   business infrastructures into "greener" data centers.  Jim is also
   the founder of the New York Linux Users Group, which is sponsored 
   by and holds its meetings at Google's facilities in downtown Manhattan.

 Meeting Location
   Please note that this meeting will be held at Google, 76 9th Ave,
   4th floor, between 15th and 16th Streets, and not at IBM. This is
   the old Port Authority Building, and takes up the entire block.
   You want the entrance nearest 16th Ave.


 Free Refreshments!
   Google is also graciously providing refreshments during the

   Our friends at Prentice-Hall kindly provide us with review copies
   of various new titles.  One of these could be yours, all you have
   to do is agree to review the book within a reasonable period of

 Swag (Give Away)
   During/after the meeting... unusually terrific swag may be given

   After the meeting ... Many of us have been meeting over at the
   Hog Pit starting around 8:15-8:30.
   22 Ninth Avenue at 13th Street, New York, New York 10014

 Python Workshops
   Our Python workshops will now be focusing their energy on building the
   new NYLUG web site.  All are welcome, from beginners to old hands, and
   there's work for non-coders too.  The workshops meet every other
   Tuesday, at the NY Public Library, Hudson Park Branch.
   66 Leroy St. NY NY from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Next meeting is August 28.
   See the calendar at:

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