Project CoolEmAll

The European Commission funded project has taken a holistic approach to the complex problem of how to make data centres more energy, and resource, efficient.

Project CoolEmAll is developing a range of tools to enable data centre designers, operators, suppliers and researchers to plan and operate facilities more efficiently.

The participants in the project include a range of scientific and commercial organisations with expertise in data centres, high performance computing, energy efficient server design, and energy efficient metrics.

The expected results of the project include:

Data centre monitoring, simulation and visualisation software
Designs of energy efficient IT hardware
Contribution to existing (and help define new) energy efficiency metrics.

Project CoolEmAll is keen to collaborate with other efforts in this area as well as get constructive feedback on our research and development.

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Main goals of project

To address the aforementioned IT energy efficiency issues, the main goal of CoolEmAll is to provide advanced simulation, visualisation and decision support tools along with blueprints of computing building blocks for modular data centre environments. Once developed, these tools and blueprints should help to minimise the energy consumption, and consequently the CO2 emissions of the whole IT infrastructure with related facilities. This will be achieved by:

Design of diverse types of computing building blocks (ComputeBox Blueprints) well defined by energy efficiency metrics;
Development of simulation, visualisation and decision support toolkit (SVD Toolkit) that will enable analysis and optimization of IT infrastructures built of these building blocks;

Both computing boxes and the toolkit should take into account three aspects that have major impact on actual energy consumption: cooling model, application properties, and workload and resource management policies.

To this end, the energy efficiency of computing building blocks will be precisely defined by a set of novel metrics expressing relations between the energy efficiency and essential factors listed above. In addition to common static approaches, the CoolEmAll platform will enable studies of dynamic states of IT infrastructures based on changing workloads, management policies, cooling method, and ambient temperature.

The main concept of the project is presented below.

CoolEmAll will deliver two main outcomes: the simulation, visualisation, and decision support Toolkit (SVD Toolkit) and blueprints of the computing modules (ComputeBox Blueprints).

The SVD Toolkit is a set of tools for multidisciplinary simulations of modular IT infrastructures including workload execution, hardware properties, and cooling and heat transfer.

SVD Toolkit will enable:

Analysing various configurations of modular IT infrastructures starting from small deployments (Scenario 1) up to large data centres (Scenario 2),
Planning and optimising IT infrastructures built of various types of ComputeBoxes,
Including simulation and visualisation of cooling, heat re-use, impact of application types and workload management policies on energy efficiency,
Advanced visualisations and decision making by designers and administrators.

The ComputeBox Blueprints will include the open designs of ComputeBoxes based on specific requirements and conditions. Each ComputeBox Blueprint will be precisely described by CoolEmAll metrics that will define Box’s operating limits and energy efficiency with respect to workload and application properties, as well as external conditions.

The ComputeBox Blueprints will provide:

Building blocks in simulations of modular IT infrastructures,
Detailed designs of computing modules with precisely defined energy efficiency metrics,
Wide spectrum of designs for specific use cases: diverse node densities, cooling methods, operating conditions, application types, management policies, and required performance.