Nokia Oyj: Bell Labs selected for ARPA-E funding to develop energy-efficient data center technologies

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nokia Bell Labs selected for ARPA-E fundingdevelop energyefficient data centertechnologies

  • Growing demand for AI algorithms will require even more power-hungry computing hardware, putting additional pressure on energy and carbon budgets

  • New solutions from Bell Labs will enable growth while addressing data center cooling energy efficiency and associated carbon footprint

February 17, 2022

Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announcement Bell Laboratories was chosen by youthe Agency for Advanced Research Projects-Energy (ARPA-E) inthe US Department of Energy(DOE) for OPEN 2021 fundingfor develop a highly efficient thermal power architecture that will enable significant data reduction centercooling energy, as well as capture waste heat heating and cooling apps.

ARPA-E advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private sector investment to awardees that develop entirely new ways to generate, store and use energy. ARPA-E projects have the potential to radically improve the economic prosperity, national security, and environmental well-being of the United States.

The announcement represents an extension of Nokia’s broader efforts to accelerate digitalization to help the information and communications technology (ICT) industry reduce its environmental footprint and help other industries become more efficient in terms of resources and materials.

The increasing rate of digitization and automation is driving incredible growth in 5G computing systems and communication networks. AI algorithms are needed to deliver the growing range of digital services, but require even more power-hungry computing hardware. As a result, cooling energy needs are expected to increase from the current average of 30-40% of total energy consumption, preventing wider deployment of these new services and worsening the climate crisis facing our world. . The goal of this Nokia Bell Labs research program is a dramatic reduction in compute cooling energy to 5% or less with the added benefit of eliminating the need to consume valuable water supplies.

With support from ARPA-E, Nokia Bell Labs and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and associated partners, including Carrier Global Corporation, will work together to explore a highly efficient and economical thermal power architecture. in resources that will simultaneously improve the energy efficiency of high-power-compute-cooling and provide high-quality thermal energy that can be used directly for heating and cooling applications. Pursuing a low-cost, low-power two-stage cooling philosophy from chip to room scale, the proposed technology will revamp the computing infrastructure to provide a valuable heat source from a practical and cost-effective way.

Pierre Vetter, President of Bell Labs Core Research,noted: “At Bell Labs, we find the limits of technology and push past them to tackle tough challenges. Together with ARPA-E and our partners, we will examine how we can enable sustainable growth. Our goal is to play a positive role in addressing climate change in the United States by reducing and reusing energy flowing through computing and communications hardware that provides the digital services we all increasingly rely on. more efficient, we will be able to increase our use of AI in our networks without requiring more energy than we use today.”

Nokia has committed to reducing its emissions by 50% between 2019 and 2030 across its entire value chain. The objectives include its own operations, products used, logistics and final assembly supplier plants. Bell Labs has a long history of projects focused on improving energy efficiency, including inventing the first practical silicon solar cell in 1954. With broad applications beyond data centers, the project with ARPA-E will allow Bell Labs to continue to support technology technology from the United States. leadership and sustainability goals by developing and deploying advanced energy and ICT technologies.


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