The following article was written by two ‘Storytellers’(Samsung-sponsored student journalists). These students attended the CIO Forum hosted by Samsung Electronics in Tokyo, Japan.
The CIO Forum was initiated by Samsung Electronics in order to come up with an optimal memory solution. This would thereby raise the IT resources efficiency and lead the industry’s green growth by focusing on energy saving activities as well as eco-friendly policies around the world. The forum consisted of two parts. One part, given in lecture format, was for corporate CIOs employing “Green Memory” equipped servers. They explained the benefits of using energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly products. The second part was an actual exhibition of the products which attendees could test to confirm the stated benefits.
The forum was first hosted in Seoul, South Korea in November 2010 and began its expansion out of the peninsula this year, holding subsequent meetings in Munich, Germany, San Francisco, USA and Singapore. The October 5th CIO Forum in Tokyo, Japan, was the latest in the series of meetings worldwide. As Korean university students, we were so lucky to be able to travel to Japan to attend and report on this event. The following is what we learned:
With the theme of ‘Green Cloud Solution Seminar’, the Forum was arranged for the purpose of building public awareness of “Green Memory” as well as enlightening the public on its value. One of the ways this was done was by exhibiting memory chips at the forum venue.
* What is “Green Memory”?
Japan has always been concerned about the environment, but after the devastating earthquake that hit Japan in March this year, Japan started to take a keener interest in environmental issues. Members of various environmental organizations as well as corporate CIOs attended the forum, learning about eco-friendly products.
▲ Left: Mr. Manabu Akaike, a science and technology journalist was among the guest speaker at the forum.
▲ Right: The CIO Forum in Tokyo opened with an address by Mr. Dongchul Lee, Managing Director of Samsung Japan Corporation.
▲ Mr. Kondo, Director at Server Business Division of Fujitsu
Exemplifying numerous IT enterprises striving to protect the environment, Mr. Kondo of Fujitsu asserted that he would put consumers and the environment before “corporate profits” and not hesitate to switch to eco-friendly parts regardless of cost.
▲ Mr Inukai, Vice President of Samsung Japan Corporation
The forum started to heat up with a speech by Mr. Inukai, Vice President of Samsung Japan Corporation. Mr. Inukai took his time elaborating on the benefits of using Samsung’s “Green Memory”, saying that “Green Memory” would be able to cut down on our devices’ power consumption by 67% vis-à-vis the 50-nano class chips currently being used, resulting in 50% reduction in the consumption of electricity at data centers. This could mean cutting 51 million tons of CO2 emissions or planting 1.2 billion 10-year-old trees.
After the speeches, guests gathered around to discuss what they’d heard. The devastating March 11 earthquake in Japan was on everyone’s minds and guests were in agreement that not only Japan but also other countries need to rethink what it means to be green. Pouring all possible efforts into generating eco-friendly energy sources and achieving low power consumption at a corporate and national level seems like the true definition of being green.
A wonderful dinner followed, and attendees finally had the exciting chance to meet all the guest speakers in person. Getting the chance to know and talk in depth with a number of Japanese CIOs as well as members of the Samsung team was a valuable moment for everyone involved.
All in all, this was a great opportunity for us, and reporting on this event is giving us the chance to share our knowledge with our fellow students and Koreans. Before the forum, we did some reasearch into “Green Memory” and even got a rare view into a semiconductor manufacturing facility. Still the concept was foreign to us, and we did not truly know how to answer when asked as to why and how Green Memory consumes less power to do the same job as its predecessors or what sort of benefits we are supposed to get from it. However, the “Green Memory” on display at the forum and various environmental issues Japan is now facing after the March 11 earthquake have shaken us up. We had thought all these problems were someone else’s. The speeches we listened to at the forum and the cutting-edge environmental products we encountered made us aware of the steps we must start taking to save our planet.
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