But what if the network could serve as an enabler of greener computing? And what if cloud technology was a prerequisite for using the network to bring compute loads to sources of renewable energy for the creation of carbon neutral networks? Fact, not fantasy, this is the approach first developed by former CANARIE Chief Research Officer Bill St. Arnaud
and now underway in the GreenStar Network
where six computational nodes (clouds) are powered by renewable energy. In the accompanying video, Michael Geist, U of Ottawa professor and digital rights advocate discusses this project, his project (privacy in the cloud), and the potential for Canada to make use of natural advantages like clean energy reserves and cold climate to build a place in global cloud markets.