The sustainability of ICT


Christof Roduner


May 25, 2010

Report due:

May 18, 2010 (First version)
June 8, 2010 (Camera ready version)


Companies in all productive sectors increasingly apply information and communication technologies to optimize the energy consumption of their facilities, like factories or office buildings. At the same time, the amount of electricity using by used by ICT systems and their auxiliary infrastructures (e.g., cooling systems) has become an important issue. In this context, several techniques to optimize the energy consumption of ICT systems (e.g., virtualization) are being proposed. In this talk, we will first briefly sketch the problem of estimating the energy consumption of ICT systems and assessing the actual advantages, again in terms of energy consumption, of their adoption. We will then focus on the issue of virtualization and investigate its potential benefits in this context.

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