In the world of supercomputers, practical considerations like energy consumption have traditionally been overshadowed by the emphasis on compute performance. But as energy costs have increased, staff at the University at Buffalo's Center for Computational Research (CCR), in partnership with NYSERDA, have found a way to do more cutting edge science while consuming less power. Thanks to a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a new energy-efficiency upgrade to CCR, located in UB's New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, will realize energy savings of approximately $150,000 per year, while boosting the Center's total capacity by more than 100%. For additional details of the first phase of this project, see the UB press release here [ PDF ]. The second phase, which was identical in scope to the first phase, was completed in January of 2011.
An up-to-the-minute measurement of the program's energy savings is presented below.