Arctic Green Computing (AGC)

The Arctic Green Computing research group aims at addressing energy efficiency, system complexity and dependability across mobile, embedded and data-center systems.

Energy efficiency is turning into a major criterion for sustainable computing systems and services over the data deluge. Although the energy consumption of worldwide computing systems (including data centers, computers and communication networks) increases at a compound  annual growth rate of 7% and it reached 910 TWh in 2012 (i.e. seven times as much as the energy consumption of Norway in 2012), it is possible to achieve two orders of magnitude improvement in energy efficiency for computing systems. Improving the energy efficiency of computing systems would increase their deployment as intelligent components in other sectors of the economy such as smart buildings (whose energy-saving potential is around 30%) and the manufacturing industry and transport (whose energy-saving potential is around 25%)

The group current research topics include novel execution models forming foundations for a paradigm shift from energy “blind” to energy “aware” software development, and energy-aware network routing and security protocols in wireless sensor networks and cyber-physical systems.  The group research has been funded by European Commission (FP7), Norwegian Research Council (FRIPRO) and The University of Tromsø (UiT). The group is a work-package leader in EU FP7 ICT project EXCESS on energy-efficient  computing systems (2013 – 2016) and the project leader of Norwegian FRIPRO project PREAPP on programming productivity and energy efficiency (2014 – 2018). The group is also the Norwegian representative in the management committee of the EU COST Action Euro-TM on concurrent programming abstractions (2011 – 2015) and a member of EU network of excellence HiPEAC on high performance and embedded architecture and compilation.

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