An EETD Seminar on July 19, 2013
Speaker: Arman Shehabi, Sustainable Energy Systems Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The energy use of data centers is a topic that has received much attention, given that these buildings currently account for 1-2% of global electricity use. Cloud computing holds great potential to reduce data center energy demand moving forward, due to both large reductions in total servers through consolidation and large increases in facility efficiencies compared to traditional local data centers. However, analyzing the net energy implications of shifts to the cloud can be very difficult, because data center services can affect many different components of society’s economic and energy systems. This presentation will summarize a six-month research collaboration with EETD, LBNL’s Computational Research Division, and Northwestern University to begin addressing this net energy analysis challenge.
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