Reducing data centre energy consumption on three levels

October 28, 2015 // By Paul Buckley
Pan-European researchers from the ParaDIME project have developed a number of methodologies which they claim will enable savings in data centre energy consumption ranging from 30% to 60% and CO2 emissions in multiple distributed data centres by 50%.

ParaDIME (Parallel Distributed Infrastructure for Minimization of Energy) was a three-year research project launched in September 2012 with a total budget of 3.2 million euros, including 2.5 million funding from the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme. The project was coordinated by Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and partners were IMEC (Belgium), Technische Universität Dresden (Germany), Université de Neuchâtel (Switzerland) and Cloud&Heat (Germany).

The objective of the European project was to attack the power-wall problem by radical software-hardware techniques that are driven by future circuit and device characteristics on the hardware side, and by a programming model based on message-passing, and in a smart scheduling of the workload of data centres on the software side.

The methodologies tackle several critical power-related research challenges, from using different current and future devices to inter-datacentre VM (virtual machine) scheduling.

ParaDIME infrastructure