Sustainable Energy for Smart Cities. First EAI International Conference, SESC 2019, Braga, Portugal, December 4–6, 2019, Proceedings

Research Article

Towards Green Data Centers

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-030-45694-8_23,
        author={Safae Bourhnane and Mohamed Abid and Rachid Lghoul and Khalid Zine-Dine and Najib Elkamoun and Driss Benhaddou},
        title={Towards Green Data Centers},
        proceedings={Sustainable Energy for Smart Cities. First EAI International Conference, SESC 2019, Braga, Portugal, December 4--6, 2019, Proceedings},
        keywords={Big Data Hadoop Raspberry Pi HPC Smart Grids Green Computing Cost-effectiveness Energy-efficiency},
  • Safae Bourhnane
    Mohamed Abid
    Rachid Lghoul
    Khalid Zine-Dine
    Najib Elkamoun
    Driss Benhaddou
    Year: 2020
    Towards Green Data Centers
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-45694-8_23
Safae Bourhnane1,*, Mohamed Abid2,*, Rachid Lghoul2,*, Khalid Zine-Dine3,*, Najib Elkamoun1,*, Driss Benhaddou4,*
  • 1: Chouaib Doukkali University
  • 2: Al Akhawayn University
  • 3: Mohamed V University
  • 4: University of Houston
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Green Computing has been the trend among computer scientists for its eco-friendliness. It serves as a great solution to be integrated with Smart Grids (SG). Data stemming from SGs falls under the realm of Big Data as it is voluminous, various, and has a great velocity. Hence, these data need processing and storage. For this, High-Performance Computing, through clustering a set of computers, proves necessary. Nowadays, with the hardware advances that the world is witnessing, the Raspberry Pi (RP) creates a number of opportunities to deploy cost-effective and energy-efficient clusters, which respect the concepts of Green Computing. In this paper, we are presenting the work done within a USAID sponsored project which aims at developing a SG testbed at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. We are presenting the deployment of a 5-node cluster based on RPs. The cluster has Hadoop installed and runs the TestDFSIO and Terasort benchmarks for the performance analysis in addition to an energy efficiency analysis.