Scaling and Shifting CPU and GPU use to Reduce Energy Consumption and Peaks for Data Centers
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 500 000|
|Project duration||November 2022 - August 2023|
|Venture||energy efficiency of society|
Purpose and goal
We aim to reduce the energy consumption and power peaks of applications running on data centers (including both CPU and GPU resources), by dynamic scaling of resource allocations to actual needs and by shifting usage from electricity load peak hours to times of less utilization, typically during nighttime. The project will provide APIs, algorithms, and a power management framework. The project outcomes are delivered as both open specifications and open-source reference implementations.
Expected results and effects
** Denna text är maskinöversatt ** The Swedish Energy Agency estimates that Swedish data centers´ energy consumption will double from today´s 3 TWh as early as 2025. The project´s results can help shift load peaks, but also reduce total energy consumption, as studies show that data centers can save up to 50% of total by turning off non use hardware. Early results of this will be demonstrated during the duration of the project in the project partner Elastx´s data center.
Planned approach and implementation
This project, a collaboration between leading Swedish cloud provider ElastX and container platform experts Elastisys will implement CPU/GPU scaling and shifting mechanisms at infrastructure layer (ElastX) and energy-based scaling and shifting policies for container-based workloads (Elastisys). These result will be integrated and demonstrated through a representative machine learning application.