Energy Efficiency in Office Computing Environments

Energieeffizienz in Büroumgebungen

  • The increasing cost of energy and the worldwide desire to reduce CO2 emissions has raised concern about the energy efficiency of information and communication technology. Whilst research has focused on data centres recently, this thesis identifies office computing environments as significant consumers of energy. Office computing environments offer great potential for energy savings: On one hand, such environments consist of a large number of hosts. On the other hand, these hosts often remain turned on 24~hours per day while being underutilised or even idle. This thesis analyzes the energy consumption within office computing environments and suggests an energy-efficient virtualized office environment. The office environment is virtualized to achieve flexible virtualized office resources that enable an energy-based resource management. This resource management stops idle services and idle hosts from consuming resources within the office and consolidates utilised office services on office hosts. This increases the utilisation of some hosts while other hosts are turned off to save energy. The suggested architecture is based on a decentralized approach that can be applied to all kinds of office computing environments, even if no centralized data centre infrastructure is available. The thesis develops the architecture of the virtualized office environment together with an energy consumption model that is able to estimate the energy consumption of hosts and network within office environments. The model enables the energy-related comparison of ordinary and virtualized office environments, considering the energy-efficient management of services. Furthermore, this thesis evaluates energy efficiency and overhead of the suggested approach. First, it theoretically proves the energy efficiency of the virtualized office environment with respect to the energy consumption model. Second, it uses Markov processes to evaluate the impact of user behaviour on the suggested architecture. Finally, the thesis develops a discrete-event simulation that enables the simulation and evaluation of office computing environments with respect to varying virtualization approaches, resource management parameters, user behaviour, and office equipment. The evaluation shows that the virtualized office environment saves more than half of the energy consumption within office computing environments, depending on user behaviour and office equipment.
  • Die steigenden Kosten von Energie und die weltweiten Bemühungen CO2-Emmissionen zu reduzieren, führt aktuell zu einer intensiven Untersuchung der Energieeffizienz von Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien. Während ein großer Teil der aktuellen Forschung sich auf Rechenzentren fokussiert, betrachtet diese Arbeit Büroumgebungen mit ihren Rechnern und dem verbindenden Netzwerk. Eine energieeffiziente Architektur wird vorgeschlagen, die auf die Virtualisierung und Konsolidierung von Diensten setzt, ohne auf zentralisierte Rechenzentrumshardware oder Thin Clients angewiesen zu sein.

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Author:Andreas Berl
URN:urn:nbn:de:bvb:739-opus-22516
Advisor:de Meer Hermann
Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Language:English
Year of Completion:2011
Date of Publication (online):2011/05/31
Publishing Institution:Universität Passau
Granting Institution:Universität Passau, Fakultät für Informatik und Mathematik
Date of final exam:2011/05/16
Release Date:2011/05/31
Tag:Energy efficiency; consolidation; office computing environments; virtualization
GND Keyword:Büro; Energieeffizienz; Konsolidierung; Virtualisierung
Institutes:Fakultät für Informatik und Mathematik / Mitarbeiter Lehrstuhl/Einrichtung der Fakultät für Informatik und Mathematik
Dewey Decimal Classification:0 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke / 00 Informatik, Wissen, Systeme / 004 Datenverarbeitung; Informatik
open_access (DINI-Set):open_access
Licence (German):License LogoStandardbedingung laut Einverständniserklärung

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