Data Centers

SmartDPSS: Cost-Minimizing Multi-Source Power Supply for Datacenters with Arbitrary Demand

Date Added: Mar 2013
Format: PDF

To tackle soaring power costs, significant carbon emission and unexpected power outage, Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) typically equip their Datacenters with a Power Supply System (DPSS) nurtured by multiple sources: smart grid with time-varying electricity prices, uninterrupted power supply (UPS), and renewable energy with intermittent and uncertain supply. It remains a significant challenge how to operate among multiple power supply sources in a complementary manner, to deliver reliable energy to datacenter users with arbitrary demand over time, while minimizing a CSP's operation cost over the long run. This paper proposes an efficient, online control algorithm for DPSS, SmartDPSS, based on the two-timescale Lyapunov optimization techniques.