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"Components and Packaging Implications for the Sustainable Information Technology Ecosystem"
-- Chandrakant D. Patel, HP Fellow and Director, Sustainable IT Ecosystem Laboratory, HP Laboratories

Presentation Slides: "Sustainable IT Ecosystem: Components and Packaging Implications" by Chandrakant Patel (800 kB PDF)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

  • Registration at 11:30 AM; Buffet lunch served from 11:45 - 12:15 ($15 if reserved by Feb. 23; $20 at door; vegetarian available); presentation at 12:15.
    NEW LOCATION: Biltmore Hotel
  • 2151 Laurelwood Rd (Fwy 101 at Montague Expressway), Santa Clara, (408) 346-4620 -- click map at right.

        The drivers for the next generation of information technology (IT) services are the teeming millions who will avail IT services to address their fundamental needs and improve their quality of life. This transformation can be delivered by an IT ecosystem made up of billions of service-oriented client devices and thousands of data centers. Indeed, we envision an IT ecosystem to enable the next generation of cities, City 2.0, where available energy is managed as a key resource and apportioned based on the need. Achieving the requisite cost of ownership necessitates a cradle-to-cradle perspective minimizing the available energy needed for extraction, manufacturing, waste mitigation, transportation, operation and reclamation.
        In this talk, I will explore the implications in components and packaging given the systemic context. In particular, I will examine the thermo-mechanical architectural challenges that must be addressed in devising packages by taking a systemic view from chip to the cooling tower to enable cost effective data centers that will form the hub of the Sustainable IT Ecosystem.

    Speaker Biography
        Chandrakant Patel is an HP Fellow and Director of the Sustainable IT Ecosystem Laboratory. The laboratory is focused on the creation of a sustainable IT ecosystem with the goal of driving the reduction of carbon emissions throughout the global economy. Patel's supply and demand side approach in creating a sustainable IT ecosystem builds on his pioneering work in the late 1990s on holistically managing available energy as a key resource in data centers. He initiated research in "smart" data centers, emphasizing that the "data center is the computer" and it requires a management system that enables dynamic provisioning of compute, power and cooling resources based on the need. The research resulted in a suite of products and services from HP.
        Patel has played a key role in establishing HP's leadership in energy-efficient computing by founding the HP Labs' thermal technology research program in the early 1990s, and subsequently the data-center architecture program. He foresaw the thermal-management challenges associated with high power density due to miniaturization in semiconductor technologies, and the need to manage energy as enterprise IT system resources became increasingly connected and shared.
        Patel joined HP Labs in 1991, initially leading the cooling and packaging research of the Wide Word microprocessor. This research contributed to what later became Intel's Itanium, which represented the next generation of microprocessors. In addition to his work at HP, Patel has taught computer-aided design as an adjunct faculty member at Chabot College in Hayward, California, undergraduate and graduate-level thermal management courses at UC-Berkeley Extension, Santa Clara University and San Jose State University.
        A Fellow of IEEE, he has authored many refereed journal and conference papers and has been granted more than 95 U.S. patents. Patel has been honored as a distinguished alumnus by the City College of San Francisco, and by the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department at San Jose State University. In 2005, he received the Joel S. Birnbaum Prize awarded for contributions to HP or HP Labs that demonstrate extraordinary vision, perseverance, innovation and creativity for "visualizing and leading the creation of end-to-end solutions for managing the energy requirements for computation, thereby positioning HP as a leader in physical design of datacenters." Patel has also been profiled by ABC-KGO television in its Emmy Award winning series "Profiles of Excellence" for contributions to science, technology and education.

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