- A research project labelled Minalogic and « GREEN » and accredited by the FUI *
- First results to be shared and tangible effects for the seven partners of the project
Grenoble, August 30, 2011,
The EnergeTIC project has been launched on July 1st 2010 by Bull, Business & Decision Eolas, Schneider Electric, UXP and university laboratories such as G2Elab, G-SCOP and LIG along with Joseph Fourier University. This research project targets the development of expertise related to energy efficiency management in Data Centres. The project also aims at designing an information system to optimise Data Centres and to run it in real conditions.
After one year, the EnergeTIC project presents its first results and share the technological benefits gained for each of the 7 partners.
The EnergeTIC Project : First Results
The EnergeTIC project particularly targets the optimisation of resources and the management of a Data Centre’s operations. Since its start, four main tasks have been performed:
- Modelling of a Data Centre to process, in real time, all information related to the use of different resources and to understand the way they are inter-correlated to be able to run each of its components ;
- Defining scenarios for Data Centre energy optimisation and choosing relevant energy efficiency indicators ;
- The implementation of a draft version of the EnergeTIC application confirming the choice of the architecture and the implementation of all components which would interact via an exchange platform;
- The design of two models where the EnergeTIC application will run: The experimental Data Centre for Bull and the operational Data Centre of Business & Decision Eolas.
Tangible benefits for each partner involved
The project has generated around Minalogic, the competitiveness pole of Grenoble, a unique ecosystem that gathers together the best worldwide experts in research and the industry around a promising and innovative topic. The effects of the project are first collective since the partners deepened and broadened together their knowledge on energy management in a Data Centre: Electrical distribution, cooling system, information system performance. The impact on human resources shows up as jobs created on the partners’ side or as the setting up of an academic training, Miage, on energy data management.
All participants have also leveraged the findings of the project for their respective activities:
• Bull enhances its Extreme Computing offer (bullx) through a technique that enables the optimisation of the performance ratio/watt of its systems. Bull can also demonstrate to its clients its know-how on the eco-efficient virtualised infrastructures on the window of its Bio Demo Centre, Grenoble.
• Business & Decision Eolas extends its Data Centres’ energy efficiency innovation program. After the opening of its eco-efficient Data Centres at Grenoble, Business & Decision Eolas now focuses on to the continual improvement of its performance through real time operating and monitoring solutions.
● Schneider Electric reinforces, via this project, its expertise and position as a major player in the fields of energy efficiency and Data Centres’ management. This investment will enable it to refine its software solution for the Data Centres and to actively contribute once again to setting out new standards and practices which would grant enterprises tangible solutions in terms of energy management.
● UXP hires new talents and finalises its R&D activities in order to design and provide intelligent racks for the Data Centres.
● G2Elab and GSCOP are scientifically positioned in a sector with high stakes in terms of energy. This is by adapting energy management solutions originally conceived for habitations. They raise their students’ awareness to energy efficiency issues and methods for Data Centres.
● LIG (SIGMA/Multicom) develops its research topics with connection to the Green-IT world where the impact related to research are promising.
● Joseph Fourier University is at the forefront on this extremely promising topic of the Green IT. In September 2011, in fact, an Energy elective will be suggested within a work study Master 2 Miage program.
* FUI : “Fonds Unique Interministériel”, an organisation supporting Research and Development for the creation of new products and services
Bull is an Information Technology company, dedicated to helping corporations and public sector organisations optimise the architecture, operations and the financial return of their Information Systems and their mission-critical related business processes. Bull focuses on open and secure systems, and as such is the only European-based company offering expertise in all the key elements of the IT value chain.
Additional information at: http://www.bull.com, or by contacting email@example.com
About Business & Decision Eolas
Business & Decision Eolas is a subsidiary of the Business & Decision Group. B&D Eolas specialises in high quality hosting and online managed services for e-commerce, e-business and e-administration in the following domains: application development, web marketing, hosting and dedicated service centers. Business & Decision is an international Consulting and Systems Integration (CSI) company. It is a leader in Business Intelligence (BI) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and a major player in e-Business, Enterprise Information Management (EIM), Enterprise Solutions as well as Management Consulting. Business & Decision contributes to the success of customer projects by driving maximum business performance. The company has a reputation for functional and technological expertise and has forged partnerships with all of the key technology vendors. Located in 19 countries, Business & Decision currently employs more than 2800 people worldwide.
Additional information is available at www.businessdecision-eolas.com, www.businessdecision.com, or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
About G2Elab (Grenoble-INP, Joseph Fourier University and CNRS)
With more than 110 permanent staff and more than 100 PhD students, the G2ELab (UMR CNRS/INP/UJF) is one of the largest laboratory on electrical engineering in France. He has a strong national and international recognition related to the electric energy management: energy efficiency, renewable energy integration, power quality, intelligent systems..
The G2ELab is working closely with the GSCOP and INES laboratories on solar energy and buildings energy management systems.
Additional information at: http://www.g2elab.grenoble-inp.fr/
About G-SCOP (Grenoble-INP, Joseph Fourier University and CNRS)
G-SCOP is an interdisciplinary laboratory which seeks to find solutions to scientific challenges generated by mutations within the industrial world. The laboratory's research domain ranges from product design to production systems management by leaning upon sound skills in optimisation. The industrial world is in full mutation. It is essential to focus on the conditions of a sustainable growth and investigate the places and control levers of the economic perfomance of companies. This perfomance is based not only on the ability of companies to innovate in terms of products and services but also on their capacity to invent new industrial organisations. These questions led to the development of new methods and tools to better capture the Uncertainty, Instability and Collaboration between distributed players. Our approach requires a real knowledge engineering and theoretical research in optimisation.
Additional information at: http://www.g-scop.inpg.fr/index.php?lang=en
About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructures, Industries & Machine manufacturers, Non-residential buildings, Data centers & Networks, and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group’s 110,000 plus employees achieved sales of 20 billion euros in 2010, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.
Additional information at: www.schneider-electric.com
About Joseph Fourier University
UJF (Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France) is active within 70 laboratories and its top level research is developed in partnership with national research bodies and major international facilities. The university is a key centre of research in terms of sustainable development, particularly in Data Centres.
MultiCOM works on aspects related to HMI (Human Machine Interface), designing and creating new interfaces, and uses (how to transmit information) for implementation of operational solutions recommended by EnergeTIC.
SIGMA (Information Systems, Engineering and Adaptable Modeling) carries out research into information systems engineering. This research, which is based primarily on formalisation, design, and infrastructure for information systems, is continuously faced with real scenarios in sectors such as health or industry.
Additional information at: www.ujf-grenoble.fr, www.sigma.imag.fr, www.multicom.imag.fr
UXP is an engineering company in Grenoble, France, specialising in design and integration of its own technologies in automation and industrial computers. As a publisher of application development software for process control and monitoring, and maker of onboard real-time automation computer, UXP also integrates professional solutions (Construction and public works, Building management systems, Transport, Energy, Education, Defense, etc.) with complete mastery of its open, standard, and durable technologies: operational security, determinism, slaving, regulation, soft motion, acquisition, Linux RT, wireless, onboard computers, etc. For the EnergeTIC project, the UXP engineers worked to research an innovative cooling solution adapted to the heat emissions of Data Centre Servers.
Additional information at: www.uxp.fr