ICTs have an enormous untapped potential for saving energy right across the economy.
I personally would recommend to the ICT sector to show the way for the rest of the economy by reducing its own carbon footprint already by 2015 by 20%” (Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Information Society and Media, 12 March 2009).
GAMES is a 30 months European research project, co-financed by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme of Research and Technological Development, aiming at developing a set of methodologies, software tools and services, and innovative metrics for the Energy Efficiency Design and Management of the Data Centres of the next generation (namely IT Service Centres), which will be expected to operate in a cloud oriented computing paradigm.
The GAMES project deals with the urgent yet partially unexplored matter of the energy efficiency of Data Centers of next generation (hereafter referred as Smart Data Centers).
Energy efficiency of Data Centers and Green IT more in general are emerging as some of the most critical environmental challenges to be faced, because of the increasing yet unprecedented trend in digitization of business processes. Like online banking, e-government, e-health and digital entertainment. As an example worldwide data centres CO2 emissions achieve about half of the overall airlines’ ones, and are overall greater than both the Argentina and the Netherlands emissions.
GAMES aims at drastically improving the energy efficiency of the Data Centers and reducing their carbon footprint, while guaranteeing a satisfactory overall performance of the services delivered.
This will be done by directly combining and integrating the energy consumption measured at the three different levels of business/applications, IT components workload (processors, storage) and building in a unique real-time and more granular monitoring framework.
The GAMES proposed approach will be validated through extensive real life testbeds which will be carried out during the project lifetime in two large Data Centres located at Pont Saint Martin (Italy) and Stuttgart (Germany).
Thanks to the adoption of the GAMES tools and technology, Data Centres are expected to increase incrementally their energy efficiency and reducing their global carbon footprint by up to 25%, while not deteriorating their overall performance levels, ultimately contributing at large to effectively solve the problem of the greening of the ICT.