Building green cloud services at low cost
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Interest in powering datacenters at least partially using on-site renewable sources, e.g. solar or wind, has been growing. In fact, researchers have studied distributed services comprising networks of such “green” datacenters, and load distribution approaches that “follow the renewables” to maximize their use. However, prior works have not considered where to site such a network for efficient production of renewable energy, while minimizing both datacenter and renewable plant building costs. Moreover, researchers have not built real load management systems for follow-the-renewables services. Thus, in this paper, we propose a framework, optimization problem, and solution approach for siting and provisioning green datacenters for a follow-the-renewables HPC cloud service. We illustrate the location selection tradeoffs by quantifying the minimum cost of achieving different amounts of renewable energy. Finally, we design and implement a system capable of migrating virtual machines across the green datacenters to follow the renewables. Among other interesting results, we demonstrate that one can build green HPC cloud services at a relatively low additional cost compared to existing services.
CitationBerral, J. [et al.]. Building green cloud services at low cost. A: International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems. "2014 IEEE 34th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems: 30 June-3 Juy 2014, Madrid, Spain: proceedings". Madrid: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2014, p. 449-460.
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