Researchers awarded $850K to keep supercomputers from being energy hogs

Colorado State University researchers focus on green supercomputing

Colorado State University researchers have been awarded a three-year, $850K National Science Foundation grant to help make the next generation of supercomputers more green.

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Sudeep Pasricha, H. J. Siegel, Tony Maciejewski and Pat Burns, engineering professors at Colorado State University, will team with graduate and undergraduate students on the project, which is based on a proposal titled l “Energy Efficient and Stochastically Robust Resource Allocation for Heterogeneous Computing.” The CSU team will collaborate with researchers and high-performance computing (HPC) systems at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and Lagrange Systems.

“High energy consumption in supercomputing is inevitable given the rising complexity of these systems in an attempt to solve some of the most challenging problems in science,” Pasricha said in a statement. “The goal is to bring together researchers and practitioners to collectively investigate the problem of energy-efficient computing for massively parallel supercomputers of the future.” Maciejewski added that energy costs can run into several millions of dollars every year for many HPC systems."

(Photo, via CSU, shows from left to right: H. J. Siegel, Sudeep Pasricha, and Tony Maciejewski)

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