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Adam Wierman - How Clean is the Cloud?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Beckman Auditorium

Computing "in the cloud" may seem like something ephemeral, but the cloud actually has a physical presence in the form of data centers filled with thousands of servers. The power infrastructure needed to run these servers is enormous. In fact, at this point in time, data centers lead to more carbon emissions than the airline industry, but it need not be this way, says Adam Wierman.

Wierman will describe ongoing research at Caltech aimed at building a sustainable computing infrastructure—one where data centers are powered by renewable energy and even serve as virtual energy-storage facilities for more broadly integrating renewable energy into the electrical grid.

Adam Wierman is Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Executive Officer for Computing and Mathematical Sciences, and Director, Information Science and Technology at Caltech.

This is a free event; no tickets or reservations are required.

Reserved section tickets are available to members of the Friends of Beckman Auditorium and the Caltech Associates.

Presented by: Caltech Committee on Institute Programs

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Series: Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series
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