[hpc-announce] CfP Workshop Energy and resource efficiency of computing centers

Höb, Maximilian maximilian.hoeb at nm.ifi.lmu.de
Sun Apr 18 10:46:47 CDT 2021

Call for Paper
Workshop Energy and resource efficiency of computing centers


Computing centers have become an indispensable part of everyday life. When complex applications can be initiated on smartphones, the calculations are performed in data centers. Whether we are searching the Internet, downloading the weather forecast, or simply ordering from a delivery service. Science also relies on data centers in its daily work. For example, data-intensive high-performance computing (HPC) and cloud computing are already integrated into the daily routines of scientists. Of course, this also applies to environmental science, where applications and simulations for a wide variety of aspects are run in computing centers. At the same time, the environmental impact of computing center operations must be considered. In many places, the expected computing and storage capacities exceed the resources available to operate them and require more than ever an ecologically, economically, socially, but also technologically oriented development.

The possibilities offered by today's computing centers come at a price. In some places, for example, their operation is comparable to the energy consumption of a small town. However, the use of more energy-efficient systems in terms of performance per computing operation (watts/FLOPS) means that more powerful and environmentally compatible systems can already be realized today. In addition to primary cooling, the focus is also on the reuse of the waste heat generated, as well as the optimization of the energy used. Machine learning algorithms are increasingly being used to process the data flow from the sensors in real time. And finally, comparatively short life cycles of systems, which are regularly replaced by more energy-efficient and at the same time more powerful ones, lead to a burden through the production and disposal of the hardware, which can have a significant impact on the environment.

Due to these factors, the operation of computing centers is not only financially costly, but above all complex, if they are to be operated as resource-efficiently as possible. Optimizations are not only essential for increasing economic sustainability, but also offer advantages for the environment.

Flexible architectures for computing center design, hybrid approaches to cooling, and scalability of new, more efficient technologies are just some of the topics to be discussed in this workshop. Topics therefore include, but are not limited to:

  *   Green IT and Software
  *   Resource protection through the use of intelligent technologies and artificial intelligence
  *   Optimization of the energy efficiency of systems
  *   Sensors for monitoring system operation
  *   Machine learning to predict and control energy consumption in real time
  *   Efficient building infrastructures and hybrid cooling technologies
  *   Secondary use of waste heat and integrated district heating systems
  *   Scalable, hybrid, and flexible system architectures
  *   Energy and resource efficiency assessment models

We expressly welcome contributions that go beyond this and take up the basic idea of the workshop. Full papers as well as short papers will be presented in talks followed by discussion.

The call for papers can also be found online: https://informatik2021.gi.de/call-for-paper/e2r21

Important dates

Submission deadline for paper/workshop contributions: April 30, 2021 (extension possible).
Notification of acceptance: May 17, 2021
Workshop date: September 27-28, 2021

Submission via EasyChair<https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=e2r21>


The conference proceedings will be available online only. Abstracts of accepted submissions, which will be presented and discussed in the workshops, will initially appear in the program book prior to the conference. The final submissions will be published in the conference proceedings, which will appear as Volume 308 of the publication series GI-Edition: Lecture Notes in Informatics (LNI). The format templates can be found online (under the guidelines for authors). The proceedings will be available in digital format only. Conference languages are English and German. Authors will have the opportunity to revise their submissions based on feedback from the workshops until the submission deadline for the final conference proceedings.

Workshop Organization

Maximilian Höb, Dieter Kranzlmüller

Leibniz Computing Center (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Boltzmannstraße 1, 85748 Garching near Munich, Germany; and
Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU), Oettingenstraße 67, 80538 Munich, Germany

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