We look at unusual projects that put servers closer to the end-user

This week on White Space, Peter investigates Microsoft’s efforts to put servers on the bottom of the ocean. The company even managed to run commercial Azure workloads, using a device that looks like a small submarine.

There’s been an announcement of €2.5 million in extra financing for Qarnot, a French company that wants to replace domestic heaters with small servers, capable of heating homes for free while carrying out distributed calculations.

Meanwhile Max has been looking at the Pigeon - LinkedIn’s first foray into hardware development. The Pigeon is a 100G switch with basic server capabilities that will be deployed at scale at the upcoming data center in Hillsboro, Oregon. There are currently no plans to give the blueprints to the open source community.

And in conclusion, we ask: what would happen if Apple stopped using AWS?