Distinguished Lecture Series: Greening Datacenters: Past, Present and Future
Friday, March 27, 2015
Research Hall, Room 163
Datacenters host the server infrastructure that powers organizations of many sizes, from universities and enterprises to large Internet services. Collectively, datacenters consume a massive amount of power, representing a financial burden for datacenter operators, an infrastructure burden on power utilities, and an environmental burden on society. However, this problem could be worse if it were not for several advances made over the last decade, especially in the design of large-scale datacenters. In this talk, I will overview the architecture of these datacenters, discuss the main advances made to date, and suggest research directions for the future. I will also explore one of these directions in more detail, namely energy conservation via reducing the tail latencies of online services.
Dr. Ricardo Bianchini received his PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Rochester in 1995. He is a Professor of Computer Science at Rutgers University, but is currently on leave working as Microsoft's Chief Efficiency Strategist. His main interests include cloud computing, and power/energy/thermal management of datacenters. In fact, Dr. Bianchini is a pioneer in datacenter energy management, energy-aware storage systems, energy-aware load distribution across datacenters, and leveraging renewable energy in datacenters. Dr. Bianchini has co-chaired the program committee of several conferences and workshops, and currently serves on the editorial board of five journals. He has published eight award papers, and has received the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. He is currently an ACM Distinguished Scientist and an IEEE Fellow.