Robust Control-Theoretic Thermal Balancing for Server Clusters

Date Added: Feb 2010
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Thermal management is critical for clusters because of the increasing power consumption of modern processors, compact server architectures and growing server density in data centers. Thermal balancing mitigates hot spots in a cluster through dynamic load distribution among servers. This paper presents two Control-theoretical Thermal Balancing (CTB) algorithms that dynamically balance the temperatures of different servers based on online measurements.