Carbon Dependencies in Datacenter Design and Management

July 12, 2022


Building a sustainable datacenter requires coordinated decisions in its design and system management. Existing research work on datacenter sustainability often considers the design space in isolation and misses opportunities to minimize carbon footprint through coordinated design and management where sustainability is a first-class objective. Design decisions such as datacenter site selection, renewable energy investment portfolios, and the provisioning of energy storage are intertwined with complementary solutions for operation, including various forms of demand response and carbon-aware workload management. In this paper, we advocate for holistic frameworks that take into account both operational and embodied carbon to coordinate between datacenter design and system management decisions.

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Written by

Bilge Acun

Aditya Sundarrajan

Benjamin Lee

Carole-Jean Wu

David Brooks

Fiodar Kazhamiaka

Kiwan Maeng

Manoj Chakkaravarthy



Research Topics

Systems Research

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