Canada’s non-profit Advanced Research and Innovation Network, CANARIE, is funding four green ICT research projects to the tune of $2.4m.
Most of the money ($2m) is going to the Greenstar Network, an alliance of IT companies, universities and others led by Quebec’s École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) in Montreal. The money will be used to develop the world’s first internet network with nodes powered entirely by wind and solar energy. Dr. Mohamed Cheriet, Director of Synchromedia at ÉTS and spokesperson for the GreenStar Network, said “The GreenStar Network has come together to develop low-carbon technologies, including renewable energy like wind and solar-powered networks, virtualization, carbon quantification procedures and tools to ensure ICT’s carbon footprint remains under control and doesn’t increase as the world becomes more and more reliant on information and communications technologies.”
Other projects given funding are:
• to design an ultra-efficient data centre for high-performance computing applications
• a study to assess the business case, and carbon-offset potential, for Canadian universities to use CANARIE’s ultra high-speed network to run IT operations from remote, zero-carbon data centre facilities
• developing a business case for how carbon offsets can be used to finance data centre relocations and how universities could implement this opportunity.