Moore’s Law “… or, They’re Breeding Like Rabbits”
This piece comes from our “Facts of Life” series where we talk about the laws of nature and what happens when Mother Nature takes her course… in the data centre.
The data center has a seemingly insatiable appetite for space, power, and bandwidth.
But why does this happen?
Why does the demand seem to grow and grow rather than just level off at some point?
Isn’t there some inherent natural law that makes everything reach some equilibrium?
We begin with one of the most commonly referenced laws of nature in the technology world- Moore’s Law.
Gordon Moore was a co-founder of Intel Corporation, which was at the forefront of the semiconductor industry.
In 1965, Gordon Moore wrote a paper in which he predicted that the number of transistors economically manufactured onto a common semiconductor chip would double roughly every two years.
This prediction is verified by history, and this doubling of computing density has come to be known as “Moore’s Law.”
Essentially this means more and more computational capacity on a given amount of chip space as time goes on.
At times over the past decade, some in the industry predicted a limit on Moore’s Law because the size of the molecules of which the electronic material is made was pressuring the physical limits of manufacturing techniques.
However, manufacturers have innovated new techniques, which have resulted in Moore’s Law continuing without interruption.
So What does Moore’s Law have to do with the data centre?
This ever increasing density of data processing electronics, following Moore’s Law, correlates to increasing heat produced by those electronics, which in turn drives cooling resource demands in the data center.
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