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The University of Florida , the University of Arizona and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey , have established a national research center for autonomic computing (CAC).

This center is funded by the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center program of the National Science Foundation, CAC members from industry and government, and university matching funds.

CCC Workshop on Green Computing

May 4, 2009, Rutgers University, Busch Campus. Piscataway, NJ.

Workshop Organizers: Profs. R. Bianchini and M. Parashar
Speaker Abstracts & Bios Available Here


Computing and communications are an integral part of society's IT infrastructure, affecting every aspect of life, including services related to health, banking, commerce, defense, education and entertainment. The increasing demands for computing and storage, and as a result, the growing scales of enterprise computing environments, networks and datacenters have made issues related to power consumption, heat generation and cooling requirements of critical concern - both in terms of the growing operating costs (power and cooling) as well as their environmental and societal impacts. Many current datacenters consume more power than the cities they are in, which is not a sustainable model as the rate at which we are adding computing resources far exceeds the available and planned power capacities. The EPA recently reported that energy used by datacenters by 2011 is estimated to cost $7.4 B (15 power plants, 15 Gwatts/hour peak). In fact, one survey by the Uptime Institute ( showed that 42% of respondents claim that they would run out of power capacity in 2-5 years. Power and cooling rates are increasing by an alarming 8 fold every year and are becoming the dominant part of IT budgets.

Green computing is the study and practice of realizing environment friendly computing ecosystems, and includes issues ranging from maximizing energy efficiency and power and cooling requirements to promoting recyclability or biodegradability of defunct products and factory waste. This is a topic of current interest in both industry and academia, and motivates a number of challenging research issues ranging from low-power hardware design to power efficient protocols and software.


The overarching goal of the Rutgers Green Computing Initiative is to build upon existing strengths and ongoing research efforts at Rutgers to nucleate a university-wide multi-disciplinary research and education program that will establish Rutgers as a national and international leader in this emerging and important area. This initiative plans to bring together faculty, researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as industrial partners to conduct fundamental and applied multi-disciplinary research in the field of green computing and communications. At the same time, the CCC Green Computing Initiative aims at changing the way research and education are coupled together, by providing students with new and attractive opportunities to study inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary green computing-infused programs. It is also expected that this initiative will provide great opportunities for technology transfer into new products as well as the development of a highly trained workforce in the field.

Investigative Workshop on Green Computing

As part of the Green Computing Initiative, CCC will host an investigative workshop aimed at identifying opportunities for cross-disciplinary research and collaborations at Rutgers. The workshop will involve invited presentations and a panel about research challenges and opportunities in green computing. The presenters will discuss applications, technologies, and research issues in green computing, as well as current and upcoming national initiatives and funding opportunities. Current research efforts at Rutgers will also be highlighted in the form of short presentation and posters. Individuals interested in presenting or participating in the workshop should contact the workshop organizers R. Bianchini (ricardob at cs dot rutgers dot edu) and M. Parashar (parashar at rutgers dot edu).

Location and Directions

The meeting will take place on the Busch Campus of Rutgers University in Room 431 of the CoRE Building.

Detailed directions, including hotel, parking, and mass transit information, are available from the Directions Page.

Tentative Agenda

May 4, 2009
8:30am - 9:00am Breakfast
9:00am - 9:15am Welcome by workshop organizers
9:15am - 10:15am

Keynote Talk: Krishna Kant (NSF), "Distributed Energy Adaptive Computing"

10:15am - 10:45am Margaret Martonosi (Princeton), "Power/Performance Tradeoffs and Resource Management Issues in High-Performance and Embedded Systems" [PDF]
10:45am - 11:00am Break
11:00am - 11:30am

Lisa Zhang (Bell Labs), "Network Optimization for Efficient Energy Usage"

11:30am - 12:00pm Bhuvan Urgaonkar (Penn State), "Statistical Multiplexing Techniques for Improved Power Provisioning in Data Centers" [PDF]
12:00pm - 12:30pm Frank Felder and David Coit (Rutgers), "Modeling Tradeoffs between Costs, Reliability and Air Emissions for Computer Data Centers" [PDF]
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm - 2:00pm Peter M. Grant (University of Edinburgh), "Green Radio: The Case for More Efficient Cellular Base-Stations" [PDF]
2:00pm - 2:15pm Uli Kremer and Vinod Ganapathy (Rutgers), "Energy-Efficient Security for Dynamic Networks of Resource-Constrained Devices" [PDF]
2:15pm - 2:30pm Ricardo Bianchini (Rutgers), "Managing the Carbon Footprint and Electricity Cost of Internet Services" [PDF]
2:30pm - 2:45pm Break
2:45pm - 3:00pm Myong Jeong (Rutgers), "Thermal Management and Health Monitoring of Data Centers Based on Intelligent Mining of Sensor Stream Signals" [PDF]
3:00pm - 3:15pm Dario Pompili (Rutgers), "Sensor-driven Autonomic Management of Instrumented Datacenters" [PDF]
3:15pm - 3:30pm Richard Martin (Rutgers), "Increasing the Recycling of IT Equipment Through RFID and Tracking" [PDF]
3:30pm - 3:45pm Hui Xiong and Marco Gruteser (Rutgers), "Extracting Energy-Efficient Transportation Patterns from Location Traces" [PDF]
3:45pm - 5:15pm Panel: Manish Parashar (Rutgers, moderator), Krishan Kant (NSF), Margaret Martonosi (Princeton), Frank Felder (Rutgers), Michael Pazzani (Rutgers), Dipankar Raychaudhuri (Rutgers), "Challenges and Opportunities in Green Computing"
5:15pm - 5:20pm Closing remarks by workshop organizers