NY Times: Researchers at Bell Labs think they can cut the amount of power required to run communications networks by a factor of 1,000--yes, that's right, 1,000.
"Imagine the amount of energy it takes for the global communications network to operate for one day. That same amount of power would represent three years of operation in this new network," said Gee Rittenhouse, director of research for Bell Labs.
He added that researchers have discovered that the theoretical minimum amount of energy needed to power our communication networks is 10,000 times less than what we use today. That makes cutting energy use by 1,000 times an ambitious but not inconceivable goal.
So far, 15 organizations have signed on to the new initiative, which has been dubbed "Green Touch," including AT&T Inc., China Mobile Ltd., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control, and Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology.