Transforming the Datacenter for the Green Revolution
Datacenters are the backbone of internet commerce and cloud storage, and they are also hugely important to support the computational and transactional needs of today’s corporate world. They currently consume 3% the world’s electrical supply, and the world produces upwards of 50 million metric tons of e-waste annually. Thus, Total Cost to the Environment (TCE) is as important as Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for datacenters.
Intel has a huge datacenter investment with over 280,000 servers (which include over 2 million Xeon high clock cores), over 348 petabytes of storage, and around 500,000 network ports within its 92 Megawatt data center capacity. This infrastructure is required to support efforts including complex chip design, and Intel’s overall computing needs have grown in excess of 6000% over the past 13 years.
This talk will discuss aspects of the complexities of building and maintaining these datacenters, as well as how green computing initiatives have delivered substantial power reduction costs while significantly contributing towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Being Green is not just running datacenters at the most efficient Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) levels, but also reducing e-waste.
About the speaker, Shesha Krishnapura of Intel Corp.
Shesha Krishnapura is CTO in Intel’s Information Technology organization. He is responsible for advancing Intel’s data centers for energy- and rack space-efficiency, disaggregated server innovation and hardware designs, high-performance computing (HPC) for electronic design automation (EDA), and optimized platforms for enterprise computing. He has led the introduction and optimization of Intel architecture compute platforms in the EDA industry since 2001, and his team has delivered five generations of HPC clusters and four supercomputers for Intel’s silicon design and device physics computation.
Shesha is an Intel Fellow and a three-time recipient of the Intel Achievement Award. He has received the InformationWeek Elite 100 award, the InfoWorld Green 15 award, and been recognized by the US Dept. of Energy for industry leadership in energy efficiency. He holds several patents and has published over 75 technical articles. Shesha has a Bachelors in electronics and communications engineering, and a Masters in Computer Science from Oregon State University. He is the founding chair of the EDA computing board of advisers that influences computer platform standards among EDA application vendors, and has also represented Intel as a voting member of the Open Compute Project since its inception.
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