EC-funded datacentre efficiency project CoolEmAll releases first prototypes

The European Commission funded project CoolEmAll has released the first prototypes of tools designed to make datacentres more efficient

The European Commission (EC) funded project CoolEmAll has released the first prototypes of advanced tools designed to help improve the efficiency and sustainability of datacentres. The tools will be ready for general release in 2014 after feedback from early adopters.

The Green IT project CoolEmAll, which began in 2011, was initiated to resolve the IT energy efficiency issues and forms a key part of the Europe 2020 strategy. It aims to provide tools and blueprints that can minimise the energy usage and carbon emissions of datacentres.

A result of a collaboration of seven super-computing and environmental research centres and IT specialists, such as the 451 Group, the project’s toolsets will increase understanding about the interaction between IT hardware, software (applications and workloads) and power/cooling systems in datacentres.

Other members of the consortium are Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Centre, the Toulouse IT Research Institute, High Performance Computing Centre University of Stuttgart, the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research, Atos and Christmann Informationstechnik.

A number of resources are being developed to help datacentre designers and operators build and run more energy-efficient facilities and equipment and to better understand the interaction between IT hardware, software (applications and workloads) and power/cooling systems.

“Factors such as rising fuel prices, stricter environmental legislation and constrained credit amid the financial crisis are contributing to higher capital and operational costs for datacentre owners and operators,” said Andrew Donoghue, senior analyst, 451 Research.

“The tools and research that will result from the CoolEmAll project will help the datacentre industry to meet some of these challenges, and develop more efficient and sustainable facilities”.

At the Datacentre World 2013 event in London in February, Donaghue said: “CoolEmAll’s objective is to come up with a more sophisticated datacentre planning and simulation toolset.”

He said that approximately €3.6m has been made available by the EC for the datacentre energy efficiency part of the project.

The two main platforms that the project is developing include a simulation, visualisation and decision-support toolkit (SVD Toolkit) and a set of datacentre building blocks that can be plugged into simulations – Datacentre Efficiency Building Blocks (DEBBs).

The SVD Toolkit is made up of sub tools such as a tool to measure individual application energy consumption, a datacentre profiling tool, a metrics calculator and a datacentre workload simulator among others. These tools are all free to download at the CoolEmAll website.



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