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http://www.gizmag.com/data-furnaces-...he-home/19314/
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The Data Furnaces (DFs) would be micro-datacenters on the order of 40 to 400 CPUs that would be connected to the Internet and integrated into the house/office building's heating system in the same way as a conventional electrical furnace. By leveraging the home's existing infrastructure and doing away with the need for dedicated real estate and construction of new facilities, DFs would significantly reduce the cost per server when compared to conventional data centers.
I'm surprised Microsoft doesn't know the OCN creed.

"Room too cold? Overclock More".
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Interesting.

It could supplement existing furnaces and reduce your heating costs slightly. Generating heat using electrical energy is fairly inefficient, but I guess you'd be using waste heat that's generated anyway.
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Cool but I can hardly see this going mainstream.
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Originally Posted by mott555 View Post
Interesting.

It could supplement existing furnaces and reduce your heating costs slightly. Generating heat using electrical energy is fairly inefficient, but I guess you'd be using waste heat that's generated anyway.
generating heat with electrical energy is the most efficient way to covert elecrical energy, its 100% efficiency: 250watts of electrical energy is 250 joule/sec. if you use it to generate heat, 250joule/sec of heat is produced
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No thanks. Too much opportunity for abuse, from either party.
post #8 of 41
So... Microsoft is trying to replace our folding farm heaters with data server heaters? :<
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Ah, I do remember purchasing a Preshott back during that terribly cold winter...
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fold more, heat more.
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