A new European Commission-funded project aims to tackle the energy-efficiency implications of increasing investment in new data centres. The CoolEmAll programme will take a holistic approach to improving data centre energy efficiency covering not just the role of IT hardware and facilities equipment but also the applications they ultimately support. The project will deliver and enhance two key tools (monitoring software and a prototype server design) to help data centres monitor and manage their energy consumption.
The energy efficiency goals of the CoolEmAll project are particularly relevant given the EC’s February 2012 announcement about establishing Europe as a leader in High Performance Computing (HPC). The EC plans to double its investment in HPC from €630 million to €1.2 billion. Half of the budget is earmarked for development and training and for new centres of excellence, creating thousands of jobs.