More computations for less energy – the European way

Grenoble --- EUROSERVER, a leading EU-funded research project, is paving the way toward lower energy consumption in data centers. Based on the concept of chiplets, where multiple silicon subsystems are mounted in an integrated device, along with an associated new groundbreaking system architecture, the project has enabled more energy-efficient servers and has even inspired startups motivated by the new technology.

Delivering the potential to reduce energy consumption in data centers by at least half, the breakthrough leads to substantial reduction in the total cost of acquisition and operation (total cost of ownership (TCO).

EUROSERVER created system architecture and runtime software innovations: the sharing of peripheral devices, access to system wide memory, compression of data to better utilize memory and lightweight hypervisor capabilities. These are being demonstrated with applications across the data center and telecommunications domain. All reduce energy consumption and have been developed for systems built around energy-efficient 64-bit ARM®v8-based architecture.

Two startups have already been launched, inspired by the technology created during the project:

KALEAO Ltd., with headquarters in the UK and labs in Crete and Italy, has introduced a unique new generation of web-scale, true-converged server appliance that features physicalized resource sharing, OpenStack virtualization services and extreme core density, leading to low energy consumption and significant computing capabilities.

ZeroPoint, in Sweden, commercializes the memory compression innovations.

Data centers account for a huge consumption of power. If all the data centers in the USA alone were a country, their energy consumption would rank 12th in the world. As the capacity and number of data centers increase, so do the financial and environmental impacts of their vast energy use. EUROSERVER’s innovation will take efficient and scalable ARM processors and use the flexibility of a System-on-Chip (SoC) design at the system level to create a new type of server.

This evolution is comparable to the transition from mainframe computers to mass-produced personal computers (PCs) in the 1980s, which in turn evolved into modern servers. With smartphones the contemporary equivalent of 1980s PCs, now is the time to take advantage of their architectural flexibility and evolve them to create the energy-efficient servers of the future.

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