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Motivation: As a DCs owner, operator, user and at the same time as IT equipment & system manufacturer, IBM sees major benefits in having such an globally optimized and integrated DC management platform. The innovations of the GENiC project will help IBM not only to reduce the operating and energy costs and the corresponding CO2 emission of its DCs but also to build components that could be optimally integrated into an holistic and energy-efficient DC management system.
Related Competences: In the Systems department, research is focused on the fields of server and accelerator technologies, high-speed IP networking, systems software, and energy management. In addition, the department has a long history in standards activities such as IEEE, IETF, and the ATM Forum.
Role in the Project: IBM will lead WP1 in defining the requirements for GENiC and in developing the overall GENiC architecture. In WP2 IBM will participate in the specification of the system models, and in the development of optimization and control algorithms. In WP3 it will contribute to the definition of algorithms for cost-aware workload balancing and consolidation, with a focus on forcasting tools for virtual workload demand and algorithms for autonomic virtual workload control. It will also participate in WP4 in the definition of the monitoring, visualization and decision supporting tool. In WP6 IBM will contribute to the specification, implementation, and integration of the demonstrator; it will in particular provide a wireless sensor network platform, on which GENiC will build part of the demonstrator.