Interview: Microsoft's Mike Manos on scaling up Moore's Law to the data center

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Moore's Law says that the number of transistors on a chip will double approximately every 18 months. But does Moore's Law work at the level of the whole system of a data center? Can the number of transistors (inside all the servers) double every 18 months at about the same cost, when the cost of the infrastructure (power and cooling) necessary to support those transistors is taken into account? In this interview, Microsoft's chief of data centers, Mike Manos, explains what Microsoft is doing in its new state-of-the-art data centers to scale up Moore's Law from the chip-level to the 500,000 sq. ft. data center level. If it can be done, then the economic productivity of enterprise computing can grow even as the carbon footprint is reduced.

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