[Beowulf] BMW Shifts Supercomputing To Iceland To Save Emissions

Vincent Diepeveen diep at xs4all.nl
Mon Oct 15 11:57:16 PDT 2012


On Oct 15, 2012, at 8:09 PM, Mark Hahn wrote:

>> New marketing strategy?
>
> the article noted it's "a tiny gesture".

Yeah a small fraction of total computing power.

At 4.4 cents  a kilowatt hour, a huge price, they pay for 720 kilowatt:

4.4 * 720 = 31.68 euro an hour.

Now if they move some of their old junk to iceland, that gives an  
energy price of roughly quarter of a mllion euro a year.
So BMW has to sell half a dozen cars there extra to break even.
That's still more than i thought they'd invest, yet it's in line with  
the max i said the datacenter would be able to handle.

Maybe with some subsidy they get from Iceland government they can  
reduce it to 1 or 2 cars they have to sell extra in Iceland
to break even.

The reduction in CO2 i disagree with, as normally spoken old junk  
wouldn't eat power at all, so it delivers 0 output of CO2 then.

Vincent

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