OpenUK donates their data center energy efficiency blueprint named ‘Patchwork Kilt’ to the Eclipse Foundation.

The new project, to be called Patchwork Kilt, provides a framework for organisations to adopt more energy-efficient design in how they build, operate and manage the supply chain for their data centers. This will help create more carbon neutral and even carbon negative Data Centers that contribute to a circular economy and net-zero goals.

The project will be 5G enabled and plans to use edge computing to allow the use of derelict building stock, creating smaller data centers close to the end-user. By using smaller locations that are part of the communities they support, they believe more energy efficiency and circular economy benefits can be achieved than building and operating larger standalone facilities.

The Eclipse Foundation will host the project and support its ongoing development and expansion so that more contributors and adopters can get involved. Patchwork Kilt is designed to combine open-source hardware and software with the full circular economy model, with the aim to re-use, recycle and repurpose as much as possible. The project was designed by participants from OpenUK, the Open Compute Project, the Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance (SDIA), ITRenew, the Scottish 5G Centre and the Octopus Energy Centre for Net-Zero.

“Projects like this one can demonstrate a lasting impact on energy-efficient computing and data center design, based on making the most of circular economy design and open-source hardware and software together. We think this is the first time this approach has been taken, and we are pleased that the Eclipse Foundation will support getting more users to take advantage of this work. We’re also pleased that the name – Patchwork Kilt – will be a reminder of the COP26 conference and the role that this conference will play in how companies and communities respond to the climate crisis,” said Amanda Brock, CEO at OpenUK.

“The demand for data centers is not abating and the amount of power required by new applications and services will grow. As the Internet of Things grows and edge computing develops, the Patchwork Kilt project represents an innovative approach to carbon-neutral implementations. We are very happy to accept this project alongside our existing open source IoT and supply chain projects which are used to benefit millions of people every day,” said Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director at the Eclipse Foundation.

“So what is the central and urgent mission for COP26? Methinks it is to solve a planetary wide climate emergency and without doubt, this is a complex systems problem, so that’s why all of the keynotes on day one at COP26 emphasised the need for worldwide open collaboration. The largest machine ever made by Homo Sapiens is the Internet and the most complex puzzle ever solved by Homo Sapiens is probably mapping the Human Genome and both of these were achieved by forming worldwide open collaborative commons. The millions of Open source technology hackers/makers working today can contribute hugely to the actions required to solve the climate emergency so why not use them and learn from them the art of complex systems collaboration to solve the climate emergency problem fast,” commented John Laban, European Director at the Open Compute Project Foundation.

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