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The surge in power consumption from crypto mining operations comes in a week when Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared the state needs to expand its power supply capacity by as much as 15% annually to meet surging demand. New research results have been announced that estimate strict concentration.
by U.S. Energy Information AdministrationAnnual electricity usage from cryptocurrency mining may now represent more than 2% of total electricity consumption in the United States.
“Increased demand related to cryptocurrency mining may pose challenges to power grid operations,” the EIA said.
In response to the rapid growth of cryptocurrency mining activity in the United States, the agency announced it will conduct a mandatory study across the United States focused on “systematically assessing the electricity consumption associated with cryptocurrency mining activity.” .
In related news, Chinese Bitcoin miners have discovered a new crypto haven in Ethiopia.
The East African country may seem like an unlikely place to launch a cryptocurrency mining operation, but cheap electricity and favorable regulations make it a popular choice for investors looking to maximize profits in the sector. are gathering.
Back in the United States, the increased demand for electricity has made grid reliability an increasing concern for power companies.U.S. power companies to boost supply during peak hours duke energy This week, it announced it was in talks with technology companies including: microsoft About eavesdropping on generators installed in data centers.
One possible plan is for Duke to call data center customers when they need more power and pay them to turn on large generators to serve as backup power.
The global chip industry is poised for a strong recovery this year, with sales expected to soar to record levels on rising demand for electronic components from a wide range of companies, according to forecasts from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). There is.
The association announced this week that global sales in 2023 fell 8.2% to $526.8 billion, but the decline was eased by improved conditions in the second half of the year. This increase in momentum indicates that this year’s sales will increase by 13% to nearly $600 billion.
The news went like this Reuters We published an exclusive report detailing how Facebook owners did it meta platform planned to introduce a new version of a custom chip into its data centers aimed at supporting AI advancements.
“The chip is the second generation of Meta’s in-house silicon line that it announced last year, and will help Meta reduce its dependence on market-dominant Nvidia chips and help run AI workloads as Meta accelerates the launch of AI products. “This could help control rising costs.” Reuters Said.
So it was a good fit Data center knowledge Writer Christopher Tozzi takes a closer look at whether custom silicon can give public clouds an edge over private data centers.
“Custom silicon is quickly becoming one of the key differentiators between public clouds and private data centers,” said Tozzi. “As more public cloud vendors continue to expand their custom chip options, private data center operators could be at a disadvantage.”
Read the full article for more information.
AI regulation guide
AI continues to gain traction around the world, and according to Forrester, one-third of global organizations identify risk and governance as barriers to generative AI adoption. These concerns are likely to grow even more now that the EU AI law is becoming a reality.
To allay these concerns, Forrester analyst Enza Iannopollo wrote a blog post outlining what business leaders need to know ahead of the law’s implementation.
“Being able to classify AI systems and the use cases they support in line with the law’s risk-based approach is fundamental action,” Iannopolo said. “This means organizations need to start designing their own processes to build, run, and optimize their own approaches to classifying their AI systems and assessing risk for the use cases in question. It means that there is.”
In development news, black stone It is reported that the company is in acquisition negotiations. winthrop technologies, large-scale construction of data centers.according to sky newsBlackstone is the leading candidate to buy the Irish construction company for a price “believed to be in the region of £700 million ($884 million)”.
In other places, data center 1a German-based provider of colocation services, has been acquired. atlas edge announced the opening of a new data center in Hamburg in February 2023.
“With the opening of HAM1, Datacenter One continues its rapid success story of developing regional data centers serving customers across Germany, one of the fastest growing localized digital infrastructure markets in Europe. ” the company said.
In Southeast Asia, Vitera – Affiliates of MMS Group Indonesia – Announced that its data center in Jakarta is ready for operation.
The nine-storey facility covers more than 8,600 square meters of colocation space and boasts 20 MW of critical IT load with capacity for up to 4,000 racks.
This news comes as the following reports surfaced: Telkom Indonesia planned to sell its stake in its data center business to fund the division’s domestic and global expansion.
On the other hand, in India, Ishan Technologies has launched a new data center in Mumbai. The Ishan DC-1 facility in Mumbai offers “flexible colocation configurations including single racks, split racks, cages, or any modular solution.”
lastly, move worksUS-based AI copilot company has announced the opening of Australia’s first regional data center. This will expand the company’s recent data centers in Canada and the EU in 2023.
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