Computing heaters - An energy-efficient way to provide computing services

Jukka K. Nurminen, Johan Strandman, Kalle Koskela, Tapio Niemi

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New data centers for cloud services rapidly increase energy consumption of IT services. Now electricity is used both to power the computing hardware and to remove the heat computing generates. On the other hand, heating is needede.g. for buildings and for hot water. However, reusing heatfrom data centers, e.g. for district heating, is complicated and expensive because of relatively low temperature of exhaust heat and a need for expensive infrastructure investments. In this paper, we will study the feasibility and the technical solutions for distributing computing to where heating is needed. Fortis purpose compact and reliable computing-heating units redeveloped. Computing tasks are distributed to these units based on the heating requirements in their environment. In this way the electricity used for computing is substituting the energy of the heating elements.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 15th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781479980062
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2015
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud, and Grid Computing - Shenzhen, China
Duration: 4 May 20157 May 2015
Conference number: 15


ConferenceIEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud, and Grid Computing
Abbreviated titleCCGrid


  • Distributed computing
  • Energy
  • Green ICT


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