China turns attention to green computing to help meet emissions targets

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The country is seeking to enhance global digital development and still achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.

China is looking to green computing options to help to reduce the carbon emissions associated with data centers, seeking to replace older technologies with improved efficiency and reduced power consumption.

China wants to hit its peak emissions by 2030 and turn things around to carbon neutrality by 2060.

As a part of this effort to reach those goals, green computing is among the many strategies it intends to deploy. Earlier this month, a development research report on the subject was released by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology during the first ever China Green Computing Power Conference.

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The report gives the concept, also known as sustainable computing, a definition. It defines it as the low-carbon pursuit of computing power, which will be a vital component of high-quality development.

The report also established a low-carbon, efficient, intensive, and intelligent development framework for this power through an analysis of key factors in development trends involving its effectiveness. In this way, the intention is to critique the overall outlook for this development in the country.

Green computing power seeks to get the most out of energy efficiency through the smallest environmental impact.

This will include everything from how systems, computer chips, and software are designed and used, according to the report. It also pointed out that the development of this power has now entered its first stage and is creating a strong foundation for China to use as it moves forward.

The conference took place in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China, in Hohhot City, from July 1 to 3. The focus was to provide a platform on which to place the spotlight on green computing achievements while boosting momentum to the leading role held by Hohhot as a component of the strategic Chinese project channeling computing resources from the east to the west.

China is currently second in the world when measured by scale of computing power, says data from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). By the close of last year, the total scale of Chinese computing power achieved an annual growth rate of almost 30 percent when it reached 180Eflops.

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