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Carnegie Mellon University and APC by Schneider Electric Announce Three APC Fellowship Award Recipients in Data Center Efficiency Research
Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Recipients Honored at March 5 Event at Carnegie Mellon University’s Collaborative Innovation Center
PITTSBURGH—March 2009Three Carnegie Mellon University students will be each awarded the APC Fellowships for Data Center Efficiency Research on March 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Collaborative Innovation Center at 4720 Forbes Ave. The APC Research Fellowships support Ph.D. students at Carnegie Mellon with a research focus in the broad area of data center efficiency. In addition, Carnegie Mellon University’s Parallel Data Lab will unveil the second major installment of APC’s award-winning InfraStruXure® architecture and will be giving tours of the facility during the event.
APC’s energy efficient InfraStruXure architecture fully integrates power, cooling, racks, environmental monitoring, physical security, and management, and allows for the selection of standardized components to create a solution through modular and mobile configurations. This standardization enables an easily scalable architecture that can meet changing needs and future expansion. This award-winning approach provides increased availability, improved adaptability and speed of deployment as well as lower total cost of ownership for IT environments.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to continue developing systems that improve the efficiencies of both power and cooling as well as improving the overall energy efficiency of data centers which is so critical in business today,” said Gregory R. Ganger, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon and director of the Parallel Data Lab.
Luca Parolini, a Ph.D student in electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon and Vijay Vasudevan and James Cipar, both Ph.D students in computer science, will receive fellowships that will cover tuition and stipends (up to $50,000) for each researcher at the department’s standard rates for one year from APC
“I am extremely grateful for this recognition by APC because there is so much pressure for industry to cut energy consumption, and the award will support the university’s ongoing research into improving data center performance,” said Parolini of Padua, Italy.
Vijay Vasudevan, a Ph.D student in computer science at Carnegie Mellon, said he was both excited and proud of the APC Research Data Center Fellowship award. “This is a wonderful honor and I know it will help with my research,” said Vasudevan of Palo Alto, Calif. Currently, Vasudevan is building computer clusters that can consume only five to six watts of electricity compared with the current industry-wide standard of 300 to 500 watts. Cipar, who is completing his second year as a Ph.D student in computer science from Acton, Mass., is also exploring problems related to controlling operating costs for data centers.
“Improving energy efficiency will continue to be an essential factor in the development and implementation of data center solutions, having a critical affect on IT and facilities assets alike,” said Robert McKernan, APC’s senior vice president and president, North America.. “The APC Fellowships for Data Center Efficiency Research will enable these Carnegie Mellon University students to research and influence key trends in the critical power and cooling industry.”
About Carnegie Mellon: Carnegie Mellon is a private research university with a distinctive mix of programs in engineering, computer science, robotics, business, public policy, fine arts and the humanities. More than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students receive an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration, and innovation. A small student-to-faculty ratio provides an opportunity for close interaction between students and professors. While technology is pervasive on its 144-acre Pittsburgh campus, Carnegie Mellon is also distinctive among leading research universities for the world-renowned programs in its College of Fine Arts. A global university, Carnegie Mellon has campuses in Silicon Valley, Calif., and Qatar, and programs in Asia, Australia and Europe. For more, see
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APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in critical power and cooling services, provides industry leading product, software and systems for home, office, data center and factory floor applications. Backed by the strength, experience, and wide network of Schneider Electric’s Critical Power & Cooling Services, APC delivers well planned, flawlessly installed and maintained solutions throughout their lifecycle. Through its unparalleled commitment to innovation, APC delivers pioneering, energy efficient solutions for critical technology and industrial applications. In 2007, Schneider Electric acquired APC and combined it with MGE UPS Systems to form Schneider Electric’s Critical Power & Cooling Services Business Unit, which recorded 2008 revenue of €2,6 billion (including APC-MGE sales of $3.7 billion) and employed 12,000 people worldwide. APC solutions include uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), precision cooling units, racks, physical security and design and management software, including APC's InfraStruXure® architecture, the industry’s most comprehensive integrated power, cooling, and management solution. Schneider Electric, with 114,000 employees and operations in 100 countries, achieved sales of €18,3 billion in 2008. For more information on APC, please visit All trademarks are the property of their owners.

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