Were being inundated with pitches about how technology can help the energy crisis. First up was flat-panel display vendors, pushing their lower-energy requirements. Then came CPU vendors with low-power consumption servers.
Now Mellanox, a semiconductor company, claims that removing just 35 PCI cards from a data center could "free up enough electricity to power one home." But youll need to replace your existing PCI equipment, and Mellanox is there to push their product: Infiniband.
However, the technology is nowhere near ready for commercial physical deployment. Intel told us last summer not to expect Infiniband in real quantities until 2002.
By then, you may work in total darkness.