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Postcards from Tomorrow's Data Centers

Today's data centers are essentially the same: long rows of metal racks stocked with machines, miles of cable, and elaborate cooling systems. But just because we build data centers this way in 2013 doesn't mean that's how it will be in ten, twenty or fifty years. Here's a few glimpses of what the future might hold, from printable electronics to nanotube processors to nuclear batteries.
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Going Nano

Photo: Carbon Nanotube Processor

Image Source: Technology Review

Carbon nanotubes could change the way semiconductors are designed by ditching electrons as the basic method of storing and transporting data. Nanotubes can store data as vibrations instead, eliminating the need to build all those fat electron superhighways on the CPU in favor of a few lightly plucked bits of low-voltage, high-power tubes.

 

Kevin Fogarty is a freelance writer covering networking, security, virtualization, cloud computing, big data and IT innovation. His byline has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, CNN.com, CIO, Computerworld, Network World and other leading IT publications. View Full Bio

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