May 30, 2012 – HP presented a data center architecture that its researchers state will rely on no net energy from the grid and could be combined with predictive analytics and lean power methods to cut power usage by 30 percent.

Ahead of its presentation at an IEEE event, HP Labs on Wednesday released its HP Net-Zero Energy Data Center research. The architecture for the data center features energy and cooling from local renewable sources. It also features  power demand management that enables IT workload scheduling reliant on resource availability and data center performance requirements, HP stated in a release on the research. The integration of energy and cooling resources with IT planning is directed by four “modules”: predictive analytics software to forecast availability and cost of resources; an optimization algorithm to balance workload scheduling with high-level operational goals; real-time workload and energy management; and a module to identify areas where planning may be out of sync with execution.

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