Impact of Google fiber on computer energy usage

August 5, 2015 | By | Reply More

Google-FiberUtilizing the recent development of fiber optic technology in a service titled, “Google Fiber,” Google has become their own Internet provider. Unlike standard cable wiring used by competitors, Google Fiber operates through fiber optics, a significantly more consistent and rapid transmission that sends signals of light through flexible glass tubing rather than cable wiring. Network providers pale in comparison to the exponential speed provided by Google Fiber.

Downloading a movie, large game, or over 200 songs can be completed in less than 10 seconds, unlike the multiple hours a typical provider may occupy. The amount of time it takes to download files directly corresponds with the amount of energy a device typically uses. On average, a computer operates on approximately 65 to 250 watts per hour. When downloading a large file, that figure increases between 100 to 200 watts per hour. Leaving a computer on for 4 hours to complete a download uses between 400 and 800 watts. Google Fiber operates on approximately 60 to 120 watts.

Using current network providers, the entire United States population could simultaneously download a large file, such as a game or numerous songs, and use 128,064,240,000 to 256,128,480,000 watts. With Google Fiber, the same downloads would use, 19,209,636,000 to 38,419,272,000 watts. It is clear that the use of Google Fiber can make a substantial difference in the utilization of time, energy, and money.

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