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Modern large-scale computing systems, such as data centers and high performance computing (HPC) clusters are severely constrained by power and cooling costs for solving extreme-scale problems. This increasing power consumption is of growing concern due to several reasons, e.g., cost, reliability, scalability, and environmental impact. A report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicates that the nation's servers and data centers alone used about 1.5% of the total national energy consumed per year, for a cost of approximately $4.5 billion. The growing energy demands in data centers and HPC clusters are of utmost concern and there is a need to build efficient and sustainable computing environments that reduce the negative environmental impacts.
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