ECO2Clouds: Experimental Awareness of CO2 in Federated Cloud Sourcing

How much energy is required to deploy a Cloud infrastructure and how can the computational load on the Cloud be allocated in order to maximise both energy and performance efficiency?

These questions are becoming increasingly important as on-demand computing becomes part of everyday life. For instance, many on-line applications use Clouds as a backend for their computation.

The ECO2Clouds (Experimental Cloud Sourcing) project will address the subject of energy-efficient Cloud computing. It will define a set of metrics encompassing energy efficiency and carbon emissions, which will then be measured directly on private Cloud test beds provided by the BonFIRE project. This will establish the impact of factors such as workload distribution and virtualisation on the efficiency of the Cloud-based applications, both in terms of energy consumption and runtime performance. Based on this knowledge, the project will then develop a scheduler that will place workloads on the Cloud to achieve optimal performance within agreed service level parameters, while keeping the energy usage and environmental impact as low as possible.

EPCC's role in the project focuses on leading the design of the ECO2Clouds architecture and, as one of the BonFIRE test-bed providers, monitoring of the Cloud infrastructre.

In addition to EPCC, the partners in the ECO2Clouds project are ATOS (Spain), the University of Manchester (UK), HLRS (Germany), Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and Inria (France). 

ECO2Clouds (Experimental Cloud Sourcing) is an FP7-funded project. It started in October 2012 and will run for two years.

For further details, visit the ECO2Clouds project website