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1st Edition

Roadmap to Greener Computing

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ISBN 9781466506848
Published May 9, 2014 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
246 Pages 115 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

As computers become faster, use more energy, and older models become obsolete more quickly, the question is often asked: What can the engineering and computer science community do to make computing greener? Roadmap to Greener Computing defines the challenges involved in making computing more environmentally friendly and includes methods and techniques for overcoming them.

The book provides a concise, simplified, and easily accessible examination of how computer infrastructure affects the environment. Divided into six stand-alone chapters, the text addresses green computing topics such as power consumption, cooling, manufacturing issues, and computer disposal as well as hot topics such as cloud computing and noise pollution in IT. It also explores the Eco-Design concept and the impact of CAD on the environment as well as potential areas for improvement in the future.


  • Details the impact of the computer infrastructure life cycle on the environment and solutions for greener IT
  • Presents methodologies, designs, frameworks and software development tools that can be used to compute energy efficiently
  • Discusses designer and CAD applications that can reduce damage of products and the environment
  • Examines noise pollution caused by computers and computerusers, its effects on their daily lives, and how to counteract it
  • Covers the many options for handling obsolete computers, including upgrading and recycling
  • Introduces the green capabilities of cloud computing

Written by professionals with backgrounds in mechanical engineering, environmental engineering, design, software engineering, and computer science, this book discusses design and the environment, includes references to literature, and presents concrete day-to-day business scenarios, supplying a clear balance between theory and practice. It analyzes methodologies, designs, frameworks, and software development tools that can then be used to reduce the energy consumption or increase energy efficiencies in computing and influence the environment positively.

Table of Contents

On The Way to Eco-Friendly Computer Infrastructure: The Impact of Computer Infrastructure Lifecycle on the Environment and Solutions for Greener IT
Definitions and Abbreviations
Manufacturing Computer Components
Green Purchasing in IT
Using Computer Systems
End of Life of Computer Systems/Components
How Can IT Positively Influence the Environment?

Green Computer Science: Methodologies, Designs, Frameworks, and Tools That Can Be Used to Compute Energy Efficiently
Definitions and Abbreviations
About Computer Science
Energy Efficiency in Computer Science
Profiling—Assessing Software Efficiency
Literature And References

Computer Aided Sustainable Design: How Designer and CAD Applications Can Reduce Damage of Products and the Environment
Definitions and Abbreviations
Definition Of Cad
How Cad Affects Today’s Environment
Designer Impact on Eco-Design
Eco-Friendly Product Lifecycle
"Green" Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

Computing Noise Pollution
What Is Sound?
How Can Sound Be Described?
Computer System Noise

End-Of-Life Opportunities For Computers And Computer Parts
Abbreviations And Definitions
Before Starting the Processes of the Flow Diagram
Delete All Personal Information from Our Electronics
The Flow Diagram

Green Cloud Computing
Before Cloud Computing
Understanding Cloud Computing
Various Use Cases for Cloud Computing

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