Power Data Servers Using Zero-Amp Tech Brings Down the Cost of Making Movies
Application for Zero-Amp Technology – ZAT can power data servers in making movies
Sat 07 Jan 2012 11:47 PM PST – Article Reconstruction due to the pilfering of the Zero-Amp Technology website on Feb. 25, 2012
“Most importantly, costly data server centers are unnecessary.” Power for data servers in making movies – how this could have helped in the making of the movie, “99%” for Occupy Wall Street. http://www.99percentfilm.com/
This film will be a collaborative effort in keeping with the intrinsic character of the Occupy movement. Figures say 60, some say up to more than 80, independent photographers have been filming in New York and other cities, and at special events like the Occupy presence in the recent Rose Parade.
Watching all the time – Film and audio can capture the spontaneous happenings if documentary filmmakers are right there at it all the time. That’s a big demand needing many eyes, many hands, and much dedication. And documentary films is where the goings on are going on – even with the problems of distribution, it’s today’s art form.
After much filming since Occupy’s inception, filmmakers need to do a massive edit of film footage for an initial first run, and thus allow viewers a glimpse of the excitement on the ground, indoors, outdoors and in people’s faces, affording a glimpse of what they can expect from the final movie.
Now the group has additional support from Constellation, a “social screening platform” …they say, “Constellation is your online movie theater,” getting people together to show a documentary, promotional film or full length movie, and buy tickets online.
Called “crowdfunding” – The hope is that, what the first viewers will see will be so terrific, hoards of viewers will contribute financial support to the project to bring the movie to completion.
The need to buy the hard drive storage and editing space –Filmmakers Ewell and Aites have partnered with Kickstarter, a “funding platform,” and say they are near to fruition on this initial effort to their goal by January 13. Ms. Ewell says they need to raise $17,500.00, “it’s the amount we need to buy the hard drive storage and editing space…” allowing them to begin sorting and editing, “a massive process,” they say. She goes on, “This will get us to the point that we can, at the very least, put together a promo reel to bring in additional funding.” http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/egg/99-the-occupy-wall-street-collaborative-film-0
Cost for servers – This $17,500.00 figure gives us an idea of the cost of editing for only a small portion of a feature length movie, and since most of their employees are volunteers, this cost will be for data servers. “You have our tremendous gratitude, and this money will pay for hard drive storage space for our footage and expenses we’ve already incurred.”
The word “servers” come up, most people either don’t know or they say it’s a computer, holding a large quantity of other computers’ data. We may often hear websites and companies, from small to large, complaining that they have such large expenses for space on servers.
Features of a dedicated server include a “faster CPU, increased high-performance RAM, and increased storage capacity” with larger or multiple hard drives. Servers also typically feature fault tolerant redundancy for their power supplies – protection if a power outage occurs. This sounds just like what the “99%” movie needs.
Why server costs are high – Use of server space is common with many companies, and institutions and yes, moviemakers, but costs are escalating. Why is that. The world’s exponentially expanding amounts of data requires more and more energy to operate servers and their cooling systems. And these costs will accelerate due to “more of you going on Facebook” and corporate development acceleration.
Facebook has a new data server center opened this past April in Prineville, eastern Oregon, http://www.facebook.com/prinevilleDataCenter and open-to-view at a press conference led by CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Present also were companies like Dell, Delta, Dreamworks (they know their movie-cost dollars) and others.
At the press conference, Facebook’s Johnathan Heiliger announces, “We’re sharing the specifications and design documents that went into creating all this technology” – major transparency, but new clients will be able to incorporate Facebook’s motherboards.
Three key innovations in the Prineville data center: “1.480 volt electrical distribution system providing 277 volts directly to each server; 2. Localized uninterpretable power supply – each serving six racks of servers; 3. Ductless evaporative cooling system.” Facebook is enthusiastic in sharing their “Open Compute Project” with the public.
Looking at some “cool” server locations – 9 companies are wining accolades for their efficiency in “coolness” – that is, in lowering the costs of cooling computer operations of servers. One of the locations is Facebook’s Prineville site. “Wired.com” says, “The industry is feeling its way on energy efficiency — and no two data centers are alike.” The Wired article described the 9 efficiency winners, but all, with the exception of Iceland, with their geothermal power, use grid electricity for electrical power.
Most importantly, costly server centers are unnecessary – the world now has the technology to make server use and expansion inexpensive. Zero-Amp Technology produces unlimited electric power without fuel, no pollution from power-production, and no batteries for redundancy backup for power outages. Servers powered by this technology will not go down (no outside wires, no transmissions towers). Zero-Amp Tech uses no plugins so no need for a grid.
Sound outrageous, this is not theoretical, but is currently in operation. Homes are being powered right now in this very same way – no fuel, no batteries – none of the traditional power sources except pure electricity. This technology is scalable and can easily be adapted to powering servers. That means that in using a server, the cost of electricity for storing data would be eliminated and no cost at all for cooling those servers.
Even if server locations were to convert to natural gas (which some want), the fuel would not be free, unlimited virgin energy…nor would it be pollution free. Only Zero-Amp Technology produces unlimited new electric power.
This new technology is bringing down the cost of making movies.
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