Data Centers

Exploring Smart Grid and Data Center Interactions for Electric Power Load Balancing

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Executive Summary

The operation of a data center consumes a tremendous amount of electricity, and the energy cost accounts for a large portion of the data center's operation cost. This leads to a growing interest towards reducing the energy cost of data centers. One approach advocated in recent studies is to distribute the computation workload among multiple geographically dispersed data centers by exploiting the electricity price differences. However, the impact of load redistributions on the power grid is not well understood yet.

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