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01-12-2012 | Issue 12/2012

Computing 12/2012

Energy-efficient data centers

Journal:
Computing > Issue 12/2012
Authors:
Junaid Shuja, Sajjad A. Madani, Kashif Bilal, Khizar Hayat, Samee U. Khan, Shahzad Sarwar

Abstract

Energy consumption of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector has grown exponentially in recent years. A major component of the today’s ICT is constituted by the data centers which have experienced an unprecedented growth in their size and population, recently. The Internet giants like Google, IBM and Microsoft house large data centers for cloud computing and application hosting. Many studies, on energy consumption of data centers, point out to the need to evolve strategies for energy efficiency. Due to large-scale carbon dioxide (\(\mathrm{CO}_2\)) emissions, in the process of electricity production, the ICT facilities are indirectly responsible for considerable amounts of green house gas emissions. Heat generated by these densely populated data centers needs large cooling units to keep temperatures within the operational range. These cooling units, obviously, escalate the total energy consumption and have their own carbon footprint. In this survey, we discuss various aspects of the energy efficiency in data centers with the added emphasis on its motivation for data centers. In addition, we discuss various research ideas, industry adopted techniques and the issues that need our immediate attention in the context of energy efficiency in data centers.

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