Gallery: What's brewing inside Microsoft Research?

Everest is a project designed to use computer drives more efficiently. It works to take pressure off overloaded disk drives by transferring processor demand to other devices with spare capacity. It can also be used to transfer light loads onto a single disk to allow other disks to spin down and reduce energy use. Microsoft Research claims a 60 per cent reduction in energy used for idle periods.

The screen shows how load, latency and power use changes as the system kicks in.

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