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Power monitoring and control for large scale projects: SKA, a case study

Barbosa , D. ; Barraca, J. P. ; Maia, D. ; Carvalho, B. ; Vieira, J. ; Swart, P. ; Roux, G. ; Natarajan, S. ; van Ardenne, A. A. ; Seca, L.

Power monitoring and control for large scale projects: SKA, a case study, Proc SPIE - Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentatio Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy IV SPIE 9913, Edimburgh, United Kingdom, Vol. 9910, pp. 1 - 11, July, 2016.

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1117/12.2234496

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Large sensor-based science infrastructures for radio astronomy like the SKA will be among the most intensive data-driven projects in the world, facing very high demanding computation, storage, management, and above all power demands. The geographically wide distribution of the SKA and and its associated processing requirements in the form of tailored High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities, require a Greener approach towards the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) adopted for the data processing to enable operational compliance to potentially strict power budgets. Addressing the reduction of electricity costs, improve system power monitoring and the generation and management of electricity at system level is paramount to avoid future inefficiencies and higher costs and enable fulfillments of Key Science Cases. Here we outline major characteristics and innovation approaches to address power efficiency and long-term power sustainability for radio astronomy projects, focusing on Green ICT for science and Smart power monitoring and control.