The Clean Tech SIG presents…

The Green Data Center:

Trends and Opportunities in Power Efficient Computing

Google Data Center on the Columbia River (courtesy NY Times)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

7:00AM -- Registration / Networking
7:30AM -- Program Begins
9:00AM – Formal Program Ends
9:15AM – Optional tour of San Diego Supercomputer Center “Machine Room”
10:00AM – Tour ends

By now you have probably seen the articles about Google’s construction of a massive data center on the Columbia River, co-located with the Dalles Dam and its 1.8-gigawatt hydroelectric plant.  Clearly, the explosive growth of the Internet economy is leading to the construction of more and more power hungry data centers to accommodate the need for search, e-commerce, digital content serving, enterprise applications, and other online ventures.  This trend is putting the IT world on a collision course with the rising costs of electricity generation and concerns about the impacts of conventional power plants on global climate change.  However, potential solutions exist to significantly reduce the power “footprint” of data center equipment as well as innovative “green” design techniques to improve the efficiency of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for data centers.  Come and hear a panel of experts discuss some of the promising research and opportunities for innovation in green data center technology.

Tajana Rosing
Assistant Professor, Jacobs School of Engineering,  University of California, San Diego
Tajana Simunic-Rosing joined the Jacobs School faculty in 2005 after earning a M.S. in engineering management and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She worked for Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, CA. from 1998 to 2004, and delivered invited talks at UC Berkeley, MIT, University of Washington, Georgia Tech, UC Irvine, Intel, Microsoft, and IBM. Currently, she is an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, and she has been involved in leadership of conferences such as DATE, DAC, and ICCAD.

Winfried Wilcke
Program Director,  IBM Research
Winfried W. Wilcke is Program Director at the IBM Almaden Research Center.  He received a Ph.D. in nuclear physics in 1976 from Johann-Wolfgang Goethe Universitaet, Frankfurt, Germany and worked at the University of Rochester, Lawrence Berkeley Lab and Los Alamos on heavy-ion and muon-induced reactions. In 1983, he joined the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in New York, where he managed the first two MIMD message-passing supercomputer projects of IBM Research (Victor and Vulcan), which were the precursors of the very successful IBM SP supercomputers. In 1991, he joined HaL Computer Systems, initially as Director of Architecture and later CTO. His team created, with Sun Microsystems, the 64-bit SPARC architecture.  Later, he rejoined IBM Research in San Jose, CA, where he launched the IBM IceCube project, which became the first venture funded spin-off of IBM Research. Recently, he became engaged in research on storage class memories and future systems based on such memories. In addition to his industrial work, Dr. Wilcke has published over 100 papers, co-authored numerous patents, and is very active in aviation.

Kenneth Gross
Distinguished Engineer,  Sun Microsystems
Kenny C. Gross is a Distinguished Engineer for Sun Microsystems, and team lead for the System Dynamics Characterization and Control team at Sun's San Diego Physical Sciences Research Center.   Kenny specializes in proactive fault monitoring, continuous system telemetry, and dynamical system characterization for improving the Reliability, Availability and Serviceability (RAS) of enterprise computing systems.  Kenny came to Sun in 2000 from Argonne National Laboratory where he was a manager and principal investigator for 20 years, developing a variety of statistical, instrumentation, and pattern recognition innovations for improving RAS of safety-critical systems for commercial nuclear and aerospace applications.   Kenny has 173 US patents issued and pending, 167 scientific publications, and was co-recipient of a 1998 R&D 100 Award for one of the top 100 technological innovations of that year, for an advanced statistical pattern recognition technique (MSET) that is now finding wide uses in aviation and power plants, and is being evaluated by Sun for a variety of applications to improve quality of high-end computer servers.  Kenny's PhD is in nuclear engineering from the University of Cincinnati.


The Rady School of Management
University of California, San Diego campus
Otterson Hall, Room 2S117

The Rady School is located in Otterson Hall, in the northwest corner of the UC San Diego campus in La Jolla. La Jolla is north of downtown San Diego and is best reached from Interstate 5. Directions are below.

From Interstate 5 exit on Genesee Avenue heading west.
Proceed to the third light at the top of the hill.
Turn left onto North Torrey Pines Road.
Turn left onto North Point Drive.
Turn right onto Scholars Drive North and continue until you see Otterson Hall on the left.

“Please proceed to parking lot P357 where parking passes will be distributed.  If you park in another lot or structure, you will need to return to your vehicle with a pass or purchase a pass from the machine at the lot.  A map can be found here:   View Map

$10.00 Pre-Registration (please pre-register by noon on 4/21)
$20.00 At the door

Mike Elconin, Tech Coast Angels
Peter Fisher, Specific Ventures
Mark Juergensen, Sterling Energy
Rick Kornfeld
Josh Lampl, EcoElectron Ventures
Paul Linden, UCSD Environment and Sustainability Initiative
Adib Nasle, EDSA
David Saltman, Open Energy
Maria Sendra, Baker & McKenzie
Camille Sobrian, CONNECT
Rick Vingerelli, Qualcomm


Tuesday, April 22, 2008
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9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093