Green and Sustainable Cloud Computing: A 50 Year Odyssey

#technical #renewable


Cloud computing forms the backbone of modern ubiquitous computing services that we utilize
on a daily basis across our many smart and connected devices. Today, general-purpose chat-bots, social
media, online gaming, recommendation engines, and billions of Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices rely
heavily on cloud computing platforms. These platforms consist of data centers that can have hundreds of
thousands of compute servers, as well as extensive networking and storage support to meet the growing
performance needs of contemporary cloud applications. Over time, these data centers have become one
of the largest energy consumers in the world, consuming up to 2% of the global energy supply, with
experts estimating a rise to 13% by 2030. In the past, data center energy consumption was simply
considered a cost burden to be minimized to increase profits for providers. However, with the increasing
concern about climate change, and the rising CO 2 emissions and water use associated with energy
production and data center operation, data centers are now seen as one of the biggest problems in
achieving the goal of limiting global warming. In this talk, I will present my vision of how we can hope to
achieve environmentally sustainable cloud computing. I will discuss the evolution of cloud computing,
promising green computing approaches that are emerging, and the difficult open problems that must be
addressed to meet climate goals in the future.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 17 Apr 2024
  • Time: 06:15 PM to 08:00 PM
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  • Starts 28 March 2024 03:57 PM
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Green and Sustainable Cloud Computing: A 50 Year Odyssey


Sudeep Pasricha is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and
Computer Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU), Fort Collins where he
is the Director of the Embedded, High Performance, and Intelligent Computing
(EPIC) Laboratory. Prior to joining CSU, he worked as a design engineer in
STMicroelectronics and Conexant. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science
from the University of California, Irvine in 2008. His research broadly focuses on
software algorithms, hardware architectures, and hardware-software co-design for
energy-efficient, fault-tolerant, real-time, and secure computing, for embedded,
IoT, and high-performance computing systems. Prof. Pasricha has published over
300 articles in journals, conferences, workshops, and books that have received 17
best paper awards and finalist selections. He has also co-authored seven books and multiple patents. His
contributions have been recognized with several awards, including the IEEE Computer Society TCVLSI
Mid-Career Research Achievement Award, IEEE Computer Society TCSC Mid-Career Award for
Research Excellence, AFOSR Young Investigator Award, and the ACM SIGDA Distinguished Service
Award. At CSU, he has been recognized as a University Distinguished Monfort Professor and College of
Engineering Rockwell-Anderson Professor. He is currently the Vice Chair of ACM SIGDA, a Senior
Associate Editor for the ACM Journal of Emerging Technologies in Computing, and an Associate Editor
with several ACM and IEEE journals. He is an IEEE Fellow, an AAIA Fellow, and an ACM Distinguished
Member.Headshot of Prof. Sudeep Pasricha


6:15 pm Doors open

6:45 pm GoToWebinar online broadcast starts with short business meeting

8:30 pm End