Bull released this news in mid-September, but for some reason it didn’t show up on their web site news feed until this month (might need to look at that, guys).
Bull and University Joseph Fourrier (UJF) in Grenoble, France, have today announced a co-operative initiative to implement a sustainable development policy. The first stage in the collaboration will see the construction of a new energy-efficient computing suite at the heart of the university, following the Bio Data CenterTM approach recommended by Bull. UJF’s aim is to cut the electricity consumption of its Data Centers by 50% over the coming three years.
The multi-year effort started with an assessment of the current state of the 2000 sq-meter (about 21,500 sq-feet) datacenter at the University. This report included some “do-it-now” recommendations that could save 15%
It has become clear that simply by implementing the recommendations set out in the report completely by Bull with UJF, a 15% saving on current expenditure on electricity is possible. These recommendations involve rationalizing the hardware pool and reducing the area that needs to be air-conditioned.
The next phase includes the construction of a new datacenter, designed to be more energy efficient from the ground up. The focus of this activity appears to be the reduction in operating expenses, an attitude that is prevalent in much of the “green computing” activities that are undertaken in HPC as we’ve seen throughout the Green HPC podcast series. More in the release.