HP Unveils Architecture for First Net Zero Energy Data Center

HP Unveils Architecture for First Net Zero Energy Data Center 
HP Labs Architecture Significantly Reduces Data-Center Power Costs
and Energy Requirements 
PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/30/12 --   HP (NYSE: HPQ) today
unveiled research from HP Labs, the company's central research arm,
that illustrates the architecture for a data center that requires no
net energy from traditional power grids.  
The research shows how the architecture, combined with holistic
energy-management techniques, enables organizations to cut total
power usage by 30 percent, as well as dependence on grid power and
costs by more than 80 percent.(1)  
With the HP Net-Zero Energy Data Center research, HP aims to provide
businesses and societies around the world the potential to operate
data centers using local renewable resources, removing dependencies
such as location, energy supply and costs. This opens up the
possibility of introducing IT services to organizations of all sizes. 
"Information technology has the power to be an equalizer across
societies globally, but the cost of IT services, and by extension the
cost of energy, is prohibitive and inhibits widespread adoption,"
said Cullen Bash, distinguished technologist, HP, and interim
director, Sustainable Ecosystems Research Group, HP Labs. "The HP
Net-Zero Energy Data Center not only aims to minimize the
environmental impact of computing, but also has a goal of reducing
energy costs associated with data-center operations to extend the
reach of IT accessibility globally." 
HP Labs researchers describe the HP Net-Zero Energy Data Center
architecture, which precisely matches energy supply with energy
demand required by the IT workload, in the research paper "Towards
the Design and Operation of Net-Zero Energy Data Centers," to be
presented tomorrow at IEEE's 13th annual Intersociety Conference on
Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electrical Systems. The
sustainable data center at HP Labs headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif.,
has served as the initial "test bed" for building this game-changing
blueprint. 
The HP Net-Zero Energy Data Center architecture integrates energy and
cooling supply from local renewable sources, with a novel
demand-management approach that allows the scheduling of IT workloads
based on resource availability and performance requirements.  
For example, noncritical, delay-tolerant workloads could be scheduled
during daylight hours to coincide with solar supply for data centers
equipped with photovoltaic energy generation. In this way, demand can
be "shaped" according to resource availability to reduce reliance on
nonrenewable resources. As a result, organizations can lower overall
data-center costs -- from capital investment in upfront
infrastructure technology to the operational costs of workload
execution -- enabling more customers to take advantage of IT
services.  
The architecture for net-zero energy
 The HP Net-Zero Energy Data
Center is based on an innovative management architecture that
integrates energy and cooling resources with IT workload planning
through four modules:  


 
--  Prediction Module: Leverages powerful predictive analytics software to
    forecast the availability and cost of critical resources, such as
    renewable energy and IT workload demand.
--  Planning Module: Delivers an optimization algorithm that balances
    workload scheduling with high-level operational goals, such as
    achieving net-zero energy operation, enabling organizations to
    schedule workloads based on resource availability, while meeting
    data-center operational goals.
--  Execution Module: Enables organizations to manage workload and energy
    consumption in real time according to performance requirements and
    data-center operational objectives.
--  Verification and Reporting Module: Identifies and remediates
    misalignment between the plan and execution, ensuring plan accuracy.

  
As part of the HP Open Innovation initiative, the Prediction Model
leverages technologies developed by HP Labs in conjunction with
Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Va.) and the University of Limerick
(Ireland). 
Delivering innovation to the business 
 The HP Enterprise Group plans
to further develop the HP Net-Zero Energy Data Center technology in
collaboration with other HP divisions through the HP Moonshot
Discovery Lab initiative and an HP EcoPOD that is part of the
Discovery Lab in Houston. 
HP's state-of-the-art research facility located in Fort Collins,
Colo., built in collaboration with HP Labs, also provides a
production environment to expand the HP Net-Zero Energy Data Center
architecture and related research into demand-management technology.
This is a key step in bringing cutting-edge sustainability
technologies to market.  
HP will be showcasing the HP Net-Zero Energy Data Center architecture
at HP Discover, the company's premier client event, which takes place
June 4-7 in Las Vegas.  
Supporting resources 


 
--  Video: HP Net-Zero Energy Data Center
--  Image: HP Net-Zero Energy Data Center architecture
--  Slides: Illustrating the HP Net-Zero Energy Center architecture
--  Sustainable Ecosystems Research Group
--  HP's sustainability site

  
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