SC21 Proceedings

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

HPC’s Growing Sustainability Challenges and Emerging Approaches


Moderator: Andrew Chien (University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL))

Panelists: Steve Hammond (National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)), Bill Magro (Google LLC), Michael McNamara (Lancium), Erik Riedel (ITRenew)

Abstract: Around the world, governments are adopting aggressive goals to decarbonize their economies and reduce negative environmental impacts. Computing faces significant challenges because of its rapidly proliferating use and fast technology cycles. HPC shares these challenges, and more, with continued growth in power consumption (power carbon emissions) and increasing e-waste (environmental pollution and embedded carbon).

Topics for discussion include: what challenges does HPC face to reduce, and eventually eliminate, its carbon footprint; what challenges does HPC face to reduce, and eventually eliminate its e-waste footprint; and by when; by 2030, by 2035? The panel will characterize a number of these growing challenges and describe emerging solutions. Participants should gain increased awareness of the issues at stake and leave with tangible ideas for solutions that their organizations of the community can pursue.

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