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APC and Carnegie Mellon University Announce the APC Fellowships for Data Center Efficiency Research
Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Fellowships Support Ph.D. Students Focusing Research on Issues Including Power and Cooling, Software and Virtualization




WEST KINGSTON, R.I. September 30, 2008 APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in integrated critical power and cooling services, together with Carnegie Mellon University today announce the establishment of the APC Fellowships for Data Center Efficiency Research. The APC Research Fellowships support Ph.D. students at Carnegie Mellon with research foci in the broad area of data center efficiency.

APC Research Fellowships are part of an ongoing collaboration between APC and Carnegie Mellon focused on data center efficiency. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, data center energy costs account for 1.5 percent of the total USAenergy consumption, at approximately $4.5 billion per year. Worse, trends indicate that such consumption will double by 2011.

“Energy efficiency is becoming the most critical issue for the data center industry as power and cooling costs increase,” said Aaron Davis, chief marketing officer, APC. “APC and Carnegie Mellon are committed to helping the next generation of research focus on these significant concerns in our industry through programs such as the APC Fellowships for Data Center Efficiency Research.”

APC and Carnegie Mellon share the common desire to reduce the energy required to achieve computation and storage goals in data centers,” said Bill Courtright, executive director of the Carnegie Mellon Parallel Data Lab. “Together we are developing new tools and programs to allow even more students to examine these critical issues.”


Working together, APCand Carnegie Mellon are developing measurement environments, such as the Data Center Observatory at Carnegie Mellon, and exploring technologies to improve data center efficiency across all levels, including power and cooling infrastructures, power-conscious cluster design, and virtualization and software control of VM placement.


The APC Research Fellowship program is intended to increase the number of students engaged in data center efficiency research, and recipients are encouraged to use the Data Center Observatory for measurement and experimentation. Prospective and existing Ph.D. students with appropriate research interests can apply for an APC Research Fellowship. Awarded students must be admitted to and enroll in a relevant program at Carnegie Mellon. The APCResearch Fellowship will cover (up to $50,000) tuition and stipend, at the recipient’s department’s standard rates, for one year.


Fellowship applicants will be required to pass an online Data


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