Data Centers

Joint Optimization of Idle and Cooling Power in Data Centers While Maintaining Response Time

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Server power and cooling power amount to a significant fraction of modern data centers' recurring costs. While data centers provision enough servers to guarantee response times under the maximum loading, data centers operate under much less loading most of the times (e.g., 30-70% of the maximum loading). Previous server-power proposals exploit this under-utilization to reduce the server idle power by keeping active only as many servers as necessary and putting the rest into low-power standby modes. However, these proposals incur higher cooling power due to hot spots created by concentrating the data center loading on fewer active servers, or degrade response times due to standby-to-active transition delays, or both. Other proposals optimize the cooling power but incur considerable idle power.