Employing Openstack Watcher in GEYSER to make Openstack more Energy Efficient

[This post was originally published on the GEYSER blog by our own Seàn Murphy. ICCLab is a partner in GEYSER and is responsible for developing workload migration mechanisms and other activities.]

GEYSER focuses on making Data Centres more energy efficient in the context of varying availability of energy. One of the tools used in this context is a mechanism to effect load consolidation on IT workload in the Data Centres. The GEYSER project has chosen to focus on the Openstack cloud computing framework as the context to perform such load consolidation and in the earlier stages of the project developed a load consolidation solution which was demonstrated on a small cluster locally.

During project execution, activities evolved within the Openstack community resulting in an opportunity for GEYSER. More specifically, the Watcher group was formed within the Openstack community to focus on making Openstack more energy efficient. Interestingly, one of the main focal points of the Watcher group was also to leverage load consolidation mechanisms to effect energy savings. Continue reading

ICCLab hosts 2nd GEYSER project meeting…

The second project meeting of the GEYSER project was held in ZHAW on Feb 5-6.

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Marco cannot hide his Italian roots when being persuasive!

The project is getting up to speed now and the meeting provided an opportunity for all the project partners to report on their current activities and progress and also for all to progress the requirements and common understanding of the GEYSER platform. Key to this was a discussion of the set of scenarios that the GEYSER platform can be applied to: scenarios which mix networked Data Centres (of different types) and Smart Grids (of varying levels of capability). Over the coming months, the requirements will be documented as well as the high level system architecture and design.

From our selfish ICCLab point of view, we had productive discussions with our TUC colleagues and we are beginning to progress some of our initial work on inter-DC load migration, on which we will report more soon.

 

The FP7 GEYSER Kick off meeting

Seán attended the kick off meeting for the GEYSER project in Rome from Nov 28-29 on behalf of ZHAW.

GEYSER is an exciting new project focused on improving energy efficiency across networks of Data Centres. It’s a 3 year project with a strong group of partners. Led by Engineering, the project team includes ABB, Wattics, Singular Logic, Green IT Amsterdam, SARARWTH/E.on Energy Research CentreTechnical University of Cluj-Napoca and ZHAW.

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