Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Integration of workflow, rules and monitoring in compute cloud

This is what I have planned to describe long ago, but didn't due to many reasons. While working with provisioning workflows in virtualized environments (we had only Xen in 2005), I have seen a need to separate workflows and rules, so it is easy to maintain business logic. 
Take a look at sequence diagram below:

It describes transaction from capturing event from sensor network (in this case gmond metrics) and executing arbitrary code in response to specified condition.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ocean floor data center

During discussion of floating data centers at Cloud Computing Group,
I've come to an idea of placing data centers in proximity to trans-ocean cable landings on ocean floor. Crazy, huh ? :)

It might be started at the border of neutral waters, around 5-10 km from shoreline and later expanded along major submarine cable systems.

Perhaps, initially it might be non-maintainable sealed containers with racks, powered by either

a) elements using natural forces like waves or streams
b) galvanic elements
c) hydrogen (there's definitely no lack of water)

and cooled by external medium (also water).

ps. Original images are from this really cool site.

Update on November 14, 2010.
Here's another technology to get electric power for DC.

Swedish company Minesto's underwater kite resembles a child's toy as it swoops and dives in ocean currents. But since seawater is 800 times as dense as air, the small turbine attached to the kite — which is tethered to the ocean floor — can generate 800 times more energy than if it were in the sky. Minesto calls the technology Deep Green and says it can generate 500 kilowatts of power even in calm waters; the design could increase the market for tidal power by 80%, the company says. The first scale model will be unveiled next year off the coast of Northern Ireland.

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