AMD has announced its participation with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), HP and Clarkson University in a research project that looks at the industry-wide challenge of channeling renewable energy directly to data centers.
‘The distributed computing model of the cloud parallels the distributed power-generation model of solar and wind energy,’ says Alan Lee, corporate vice president of research and advanced development at AMD. ‘Directing power to data centers from these emerging renewable energy resources without relying on a large-scale, traditional electrical grid is a key challenge.’
Because wind- and solar-derived energy can be intermittent, this study will also examine questions of how to automatically shift a compute load between data centers and maintain reliability, according to AMD.
Backing from NYSERDA and additional private funding sources are enabling this proposal, developed by AMD engineers in conjunction with Clarkson University, to enter the research phase.
Students will begin experiments on effectively managing data through a distributed network based on renewable energy. The second phase of the project plans to incorporate hardware elements, including HP's Performance Optimized Datacenter based on the AMD Opteron processor, which is purpose-built for energy efficiency and cloud computing.