School aims

As large scale distributed systems gather and share more and more computing nodes and storage resources, their energy consumption is exponentially increasing. While much effort is nowadays put into hardware specific solutions to lower energy consumptions, the need for a complementary approach is necessary at the distributed system level, i.e. middleware, network and applications.

The COST Action IC804 focuses on energy efficiency in large-scale distributed systems at different levels. First, the Action characterizes the energy consumption and energy efficiencies of distributed applications. Then, based on the current hardware adaptation possibilities and innovative algorithms, it focuses on adaptive and alternative approaches taking into account the energy saving dimension of the problem. The Action also characterizes the trade-off between energy savings and functional and non-functional parameters, including the economic dimension.

The aim of the 3rd COST 804 Training School is to address energy efficiency in design, modelling and operations, starting from the hardware/software level, to the functional level, to operations and adaptation, and finally to trade-off & adoption of the proposed measures, in a wide diversity of networks with associated facilities. Topics that will be covered by the School trainers, from both academy and industry, include: performance indicators for energy efficient services; energy saving in high-performance computing; green data centers and Clouds; energy efficiency in mobile environments.

Applications to attend the Training School are open to early stage researchers (as defined by the COST rules: less than PhD + 8 years experience) and PhD candidates / MSc thesis candidates from all COST 804 Action countries. Industry participation from COST 804 Action countries is also highly welcome subject to approval.  Attendance of the COST Training school is free to all accepted applicants. Eligible people interested to attend the School as trainees must submit the application for participation, and optionally for a travel grant (applications are now closed).