Will we be able to do without batteries one day? Can energy be harvested for reuse by computing devices? How can the computing stack be redesigned to use energy in smarter ways? How can we predict energy consumption by software applications? How can we ensure that the exascale supercomputers of the future will use energy sustainably?
Micro-Energy Day, an annual event initiated by ICT-Energy coordinator, the Noise in Physical Systems (NiPS) Laboratory (University of Perugia, Italy), aims to raise awareness and explore issues relating to the energy efficiency of computing devices. The fifth edition took place on the 26 June 2014, in the framework of the 2014 European Sustainable Energy Week, and involved ICT-Energy partners from all over Europe.
The NiPS Laboratory organised a run in a public park, using the Wisepower smartphone application to inform participants of how much energy they had gathered from vibrations with a non-linear energy harvester. Visitors to the Micro-Energy Day stand found out about the laboratory’s micro-energy activities through information material.
In Barcelona, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, students and staff at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia learned about how the ParaDIME project is reinventing the computing stack to be more energy efficient. Visitors to the MareNostrum supercomputer also received information about Micro-Energy Day and the ICT-Energy community.
Micro-Energy Day also featured at the International Supercomputing Conference 2014 in Leipzig, the Euroscience Open Forum in Copenhagen and the University of Bristol, where visitors learned about the projects in the ICT-Energy consortium.
We’ll be organising Micro-Energy Day again next year. For more information please visit the ICT-Energy contact page.