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Dr. Adam Wierman - Data Centers and Energy: Did We Get it Backwards?

Dr. Adam Wierman - Data Centers and Energy: Did We Get it Backwards?

Dr. Adam Wierman - Data Centers and Energy: Did We Get it Backwards?

November 16, 2015 - 11:10 am
Winston Chung Hall, 205/206


The typical story surrounding data centers and energy is an extremely negative one: Data centers are energy hogs. This message is pervasive in both the popular press and academia, and it rings true (to some extent). However, the view of data centers as energy hogs is too simplistic. The goal of this talk is to highlight that, yes, data centers use a lot of energy, but data centers can also be a huge benefit in terms of integrating renewable energy into the grid and thus they can play a crucial role in improving the sustainability of our energy landscape. In particular, I will highlight a powerful alternative view: data centers as demand response opportunities. The research I will discuss will focus on two difficulties encountered when trying to realize the potential of data center demand response: (i) resource allocation within data centers to manage participation in demand response programs, and (ii) the design of "win-win" market programs for data center demand response.


Adam Wierman is a Professor in the Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at the California Institute of Technology, where he is a founding member of the Rigorous Systems Research Group (RSRG) and maintains a popular blog called Rigor + Relevance. His research interests center around resource allocation and scheduling decisions in computer systems and services. He received the 2011 ACM SIGMETRICS Rising Star award, the 2014 IEEE Communications Society William R. Bennett Prize, and has been coauthor on papers that received of best paper awards at ACM SIGMETRICS, IEEE INFOCOM, IFIP Performance (twice), IEEE Green Computing Conference, IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, and ACM GREENMETRICS.



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