While computer manufacturers have sought to slash the environmental footprint of hardware – with success – for decades, attacking energy consumption from the software side is relatively new, and has so far focused predominantly on extending battery life for mobile devices.

The EU-funded ASCETiC project (www.ascetic.eu) is designing novel methods and tools to help software developers optimise energy efficiency and minimise the carbon footprint created by designing, developing, deploying and running software in the cloud.

The goals include models for green and efficient software design, parameters and metrics for energy efficiency, and new methods to measure energy use in software development.

By the time the project finishes in 2016, the team will have created an open-source cloud stack (infrastructure-as-aservice platform) providing energy efficiency at software, platform and infrastructure layers.

In the meantime, models and methods will be tested in two real-world applications:

  • an end-to-end multimedia cross-channel solution for news agencies, broadcasters and publishers that handles large volumes of information;
  • a product life-cycle management system for the building sector enabling the design and construction of prefabricated buildings using collaborative software.


(Article from net-cloud future magazine (2013) - for complete magazine click here)