Georgia Tech to offer MOOC master’s degree on the cheap

The program’s core curriculum will be available to everyone online.

Georgia Tech will offer an online master’s degree in computer science for about one-sixth the cost of a traditional master’s degree through a partnership with AT&T and Udacity, a leading massive open online course (MOOC) platform based in Silicon Valley.

The online degree program will be available to about 10,000 students over the next three years, the university said in an announcement. The first students to take Georgia Tech’s web-based computer science master’s degree class will be selected from university and AT&T affiliates.

AT&T is offsetting much of the program’s cost, according to the school.…Read More

University report: Increased web usage could heat up data centers

Colleges have long looked for ways to save energy in the cooling of server racks.

Data centers across the world are set to use 19 percent more energy this year than they did in 2012, and while colleges and universities look for environmentally-friendly alternatives to energy inefficiency, there could be two innovative ways to cool ever-churning server racks.

Schools have long experimented with ways to keep data centers from overheating without pumping air conditioning at its coldest temperatures all hours of the day – a problem faced by internet giants such as Google and Netflix that have adjusted to constantly increasing web usage worldwide.

A study published in the March 29 edition of the journal Science outlines two ways companies and colleges could cope with increasing user demand without ramping up traditional cooling mechanisms in expansive campus data centers. Diego Reforgiato Recupero, a computer scientist and electrical engineer at the University of Catania in Italy, said “smart standby” and dynamic frequency scaling could be key parts of the green effort to cool down server rooms.…Read More