David Mytton

Sustainable dev environments in the cloud

Published in Cloud, Environment, IT Energy, Product Engineering. Tags: , , , .

Is it better to replace powerful developer laptops with cloud dev environments? What is the carbon cost of my software development – builds, tests, deploys, code hosting, dev environments?

Sustainable dev environments in the cloud

Roman Climate Optimum and energy system resiliency

Published in Environment, Security. Tags: , .

It’s quite easy to argue that modern civilization is much more robust and resilient than any ancient society, but consider how much of our critical infrastructure is written in memory unsafe languages!

Roman Climate Optimum and energy system resiliency

Predictions in energy and computing

Published in Environment, IT Energy. Tags: , .

Is it a good idea to make predictions about future energy consumption? Even mature public businesses typically only issue earnings guidance for the next quarter. Maybe it’s because predicting the future is hard?

Predictions in energy and computing

Devtools startups – standing out to investors

Published in Startups. Tags: .

When I’m talking with a startup founder about a possible investment I’m trying to find out a few things: team, scale, timing, product, developer flow, stickiness.

Devtools startups – standing out to investors

How much energy does cryptocurrency use?

Published in Data Center Energy, Environment, IT Energy. Tags: , , .

Is cryptocurrency / Bitcoin bad for the environment? In 2019 crypto consumed 70-90 TWh of electricity globally, with 60-70 TWh of that from Bitcoin mining. What that means for carbon emissions depends on where the mining happens.

How much energy does cryptocurrency use?

Carbon aware workloads – current status, limitations, and opportunities

Published in Cloud, Environment, IT Energy, Product Engineering. Tags: , , , .

Why isn’t carbon aware workload scheduling more common? Data center level scheduling is infeasible, so what are the opportunities for developers to implement more granular functionality?

Carbon aware workloads – current status, limitations, and opportunities

Cloud emissions transparency stage 1 completed – what next?

Published in Data Center Energy, Environment, IT Energy. Tags: , , .

Customers should now be asking their suppliers for the carbon footprint of the software services they buy.

Cloud emissions transparency stage 1 completed – what next?

Paper Notes – The overlooked environmental footprint of increasing Internet use

Published in Data Center Energy, IT Energy, Paper notes. Tags: , , .

The methodology is invalid, which the authors acknowledge but ignore. This means the results of this article aren’t particularly useful.

Paper Notes – The overlooked environmental footprint of increasing Internet use

My favourite books of 2021

Published in Favourite Books. Tags: .

In 2021 I read 22 books. I track all the books I read on my reading list. Here are the ones I recommend.

My favourite books of 2021

Clean energy buying incentives for data centers

Published in Data Center Energy, Environment. Tags: , .

Using a marginal emissions-based sustainability score incentivizes migrating workloads to a region with a lower marginal emissions factor. The emissions factor for that workload would reduce, but does it incentivize the deployment of new clean energy?

Clean energy buying incentives for data centers
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