New Crystallization Technique To Slash Cloud Computing Costs

New Crystallization Technique To Slash Cloud Computing Costs

Researchers specialized in material science and organic chemistry have unveiled an inexpensive process to obtain elongated crystalline elements possessing enviable characteristics. This was accomplished by the use of two tiny organic molecules exhibiting strong mutual affinity which leads them to assemble autonomously into a structured lattice, the condition for a material to be rendered ferroelectric.

The process makes use of readily available and inexpensive raw materials, making it suitable for next-generation, high-end technological applications. The end product, the crystals, is produced quickly and is definitely resourceful. This crystal seeding process is in contrast with the conventional industrial procedures used to obtain ferroelectric substances that are mainly surgical modifications of polymers and ceramics – extremely difficult to handle and inherently expensive to produce.

Ferroelectric materials are known for their ability to demonstrate impulsive electric polarization, a phenomenon that results in charge to be accumulated on one end of the material, making it electrically positive (and the other end, intuitively, electrically negative). The beauty is that the polarization can be reversed through the application of an external electric field. This makes the material valuable to computer memory researchers – the paired transitional polarity states could very well correspond to digital data bits being in a high or low state.

The core utility of the newly-discovered crystals is predicted to be in the sphere of computer server back-end memory. The technology can also enhance the operational performance of sensor devices, alternative energy systems focusing on solar radiation, and nanoelectronics in general.

In addition, these new materials could help reduce the expensive operation of cloud computing services. At the backbone of every cloud-based service are volatile memory banks for storing data for real-time or offline processing. Volatile memory is completely reliant upon a continuous supply of power for maintaining the integrity and entirety of the stored data. This translates into an essential requirement of an always-on power supply.

The recently discovered and easy to make material can be morphed into non-volatile memory. This type of memory resource has the ability to retain information even under a power-off scenario. The researchers are convinced that a transition to a cloud infrastructure only partially power-reliant, driven by non-volatile memory, could lead to savings in electricity costs as gigantic as $6 billion per year in the U.S. alone, not to speak of the resulting worldwide savings should the rest of the world follow a similar idea.

The amazing discovery by the Northwestern University Non-equilibrium Energy Research Group, funded generously by the U.S. Department of Energy, is all set to bring in significant cloud cost reduction (if adapted) for end-users and ventures alike. After all, the savings will most likely generate a trickle-down effect in the realm of cloud computing for sure.

By Humayun Shahid

Humayun

With degrees in Communication Systems Engineering and Signal Processing, Humayun currently works as a lecturer at Pakistan's leading engineering university. The author has an inclination towards incorporating quality user experience design in smartphone and web applications.

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.


CloudTweaks Sponsors - Find out more!


Popular

Top Viral Impact

Cloud Infographic – The Power Of Cloud Disaster Recovery

Cloud Infographic – The Power Of Cloud Disaster Recovery

Cloud Infographic – The Power Of Cloud Disaster Recovery Preventing a Cloud Disaster is one thing. Recovering from a disaster is a whole other area of concern. Today’s infographic provided by CloudVelox outlines some best practices and safeguards in order to help your business make more informed decisions. About Latest Posts HumayunWith degrees in Communication…

5 Ways The Internet of Things Will Drive Cloud Growth

5 Ways The Internet of Things Will Drive Cloud Growth

5 Ways The Internet of Things Will Drive Cloud Growth The Internet of Things is the latest term to describe the interconnectivity of all our devices and home appliances. The goal of the internet of things is to create universal applications that are connected to all of the lights, TVs, door locks, air conditioning, and…

Cloud Infographic: The Education Of Tomorrow

Cloud Infographic: The Education Of Tomorrow

Cloud Infographic: The Education Of Tomorrow  Online Education is a very exciting topic for many as it opens up many new doors and opportunities. We’ve touched on areas such as Massive Open Online Sources (MOOC) which provides tremendous levels of cloud based interconnectivity. We’ve taken a look into higher education,  the increased demand for online courses as well as…

Cloud Infographic: Most Used Cloud Apps

Cloud Infographic: Most Used Cloud Apps

Cloud app and analytics company, Netskope released its quarterly Cloud Report. The new report reveals that enterprise employees are using an average of 397 different cloud apps (most of which are unsanctioned), when IT estimated they have 40-50 — that’s a tenfold underestimation. Below is an infographic provided courtesy of the group at Netskope which goes into further detail.…

2014 Future Of Cloud Computing Survey Results

2014 Future Of Cloud Computing Survey Results

Engine Yard Joins North Bridge Venture Partners, Gigaom Research and Industry Collaborators to Unveil 2014 Future of Cloud Computing Survey Results SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Jun 25, 2014) – Engine Yard, the leading cloud application management platform, today announced its role as a collaborator in releasing the results of the fourth annual Future of Cloud Computing Survey,…


Established in 2009, CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, big data and internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal, by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

You can help continue to support our community by social sharing, sponsoring, partnering or contributing to this great educational resource.

Contact

CloudTweaks Media
Phone: 1 (212) 763-0021
contact@cloudtweaks.com

Join our newsletter