New Institute Report on Scalable, Energy-Efficient Data Centers and Clouds

Santa Barbara, California, March 8th, 2012 

In an era when massive data will enable unprecedented opportunities in business and science, cloud and data center facilities face significant challenges in scaling for performance and energy consumption.  The volume of data is projected to grow 1000x within the next 13 years, but projected improvements in computation power lag far behind the growth in data.  Without significant improvements in energy efficiency, tomorrow’s data centers will either require substantially more investment and energy or fail to realize the value of the world’s data.

To address this challenge, the Institute for Energy Efficiency and the Kavli Foundation convened leading experts from industry, academia and government for a highly interactive, 1½ day roundtable on November 30 & December 1, 2011 to shape the direction of future technology research. 

Roundtable Participants at UCSB
Technology Roundtable Participants. Click here to the view full list. 
Stemming from the roundtable discussion, the roundtable report, Scalable, Energy-Efficient Data Centers and Clouds, identifies four issues that must be addressed to improve data center energy efficiency:
  • Invest in understanding the newly emerging workload space to ensure proper matching of architecture design to application requirements.
  • Provision data center resources for predicted future workloads and applications, and improve the energy-efficiency of individual machines to correlate power consumption to load.
  • Improve vertical integration within the software stacks of communication, storage and runtime-systems.
  • Establish standards for hardware and software communications to allow the integration of new technologies and component designs.

The report calls for a strategic partnership between academia and industry to build a research infrastructure that will expedite innovation in this space.

The full report is available for download here.

 About the Institute for Energy Efficiency

 The Institute for Energy Efficiency is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to researching and developing technological solutions for an efficient, sustainable and clean energy future. The Institute’s cutting-edge research activities leverage the considerable expertise of U.C. Santa Barbara’s highly acclaimed faculty, scientists, engineers and researchers, including five Nobel Laureates. By fostering collaborations, sponsoring research, and expediting the commercialization of new technologies, the Institute strives to deliver significant advances in energy efficiency in the near term.

 About The Kavli Foundation

 The Kavli Foundation is dedicated to the goals of advancing science for the benefit of humanity and promoting increased public understanding and support for scientists and their work. The Foundation's mission is implemented through an international program of research institutes, professorships, and symposia in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience, and theoretical physics as well as prizes in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience.

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