Process and Method for IT Energy Optimization
Original Publication Date: 2002-Feb-21
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Problem Summary Energy consumption and rising energy costs are an increasingly important concern for the profitability and stability of many companies. One important consideration that many companies overlook when planning their IT infrastructure is the regional fluctuations in energy prices. These fluctuations may be due to different energy providers, regional rates, geographical location and even the local climate. By allowing for regional differences in energy costs, IT infrastructures can make significant cost savings. The problem addressed in this disclosure is how to optimize energy cost across an IT infrastructure by leveraging the geographical location, regional energy prices, regional climates and technology characteristics. Solution Overview This disclosure describes a method of mitigating energy cost by a method of workload management across a company wide clustered computing environment. Many companies employ clusters to run compute intensive, long running jobs and typically have many clusters scattered across the corporate IT infrastructure. This disclosure discusses a method of submitting jobs to clusters in an efficient way to optimize energy cost savings. This method would work in a corporate IT infrastructure for example, as well as a state university, or national labratory setting wherever cooperative clusters are scattered regionally.