One of the hallmarks of a netbook is a cheap, low power processor. But it’s not just people who are looking for low cost laptops with good battery life who are interested in these sorts of CPUs. Researchers in Germany have developed a system for sorting data that uses an Intel Atom 330 dual core processor and a solid state disk (instead of a hard drive). The result is a data sorting system that’s three times more energy efficient than previous record holders.
The system is called EcoSort, and when sorting 100GB of data, researchers were able to have it sort 36,400 records per joule of energy.
Of course, we’re not talking about a bottom of the line Atom-based system here. The computer had 4GB of RAM and four 256GB SSDs.