Seminar: Ricardo Bianchini

Ricardo Bianchini
Professor, Department of Computer Science
Rutgers University 

Leveraging Renewable Energy in Data Centers

March 12, 2012 | 3:30pm | Elings 1605

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Interest has been growing in powering data centers (at least partially) with renewable or "green" sources of energy, such as solar or wind.  However, it is challenging to use these sources because, unlike the "brown" (carbon-intensive) energy drawn from the electrical grid, they are not always available.  In this talk, I will first present a case for leveraging green energy in small and medium-scale data centers.  I will then describe the solar-powered data center we have just built at Rutgers, and the lessons we have learned building it.  Finally, I will overview two systems we have built that match a data center's computational workload to the green energy supply.

Ricardo Bianchini received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Rochester in 
1995. From1995 until 1999, he was with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is now a Professor at Rutgers University.  Prof. Bianchini's current research interests include the power, energy, and thermal management of data centers.  He has received several awards for his research, including the NSF CAREER award.  He has co-chaired the program committee of several conferences and workshops, and has been a member of the editorial board of multiple top journals.

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