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Prof. Chris Jesshope and Dr Andy Pimentel, University of Amsterdam (UvA) have received a Smart Energy Systems (SES) grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Prof. Chris Jesshope, Dr Andy Pimentel and Prof. Cees de Laat of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) have each received a Smart Energy Systems (SES) grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). SES grants were established to support excellent research into achieving energy savings by means of and within the field of ICT.

Twenty-eight research proposals were selected by the NWO from the numerous preliminary applications. Based on more detailed proposals, 13 of these were then awarded grants. Each project will receive between €210,000 and €750,000, from a total of €6 million available.

The purpose of the SES grants programme is to examine how ICT can provide solutions for sustainability by decreasing energy consumption. The options for achieving this include finding a better way to monitor energy consumption in buildings, developing systems to efficiently and stably generate decentralised energy and reducing energy consumption by the ICT sector itself.

Chris Jesshope, a member of the Computer Systems Architecture group at the UvA, will receive an SES grant worth €440,000 for his research proposal Mapping on Demand for Energy-efficient Computation (MODERN). Together with the University of Twente, Intel and NXP, he will try to improve the energy consumption of computers by three orders of magnitude (a factor of one thousand). To achieve this, techniques will be studied for dynamically switching processors on and off in a smart way and for allocating the workload on the processors dynamically so that the system's energy consumption is kept to a minimum. Applying the above techniques without affecting the way the computers are programmed is one of the major challenges of this research.

Andy Pimentel, another member of the UvA's Computer Systems Architecture group, will receive €440,000 for his project CRoss-layer design space Exploration for Energy-aware mp-soc Design (CREED). For this project, he will carry out research, together with Leiden University, on methods and techniques for the automated design of energy-efficient embedded computing systems (such as smartphones, digital TVs, etc.), where multiple (heterogeneous) processors are often integrated on a single chip. For this purpose, Pimentel will design techniques and models that make it possible to accurately predict a system's energy consumption at an early stage of design.

Cees de Laat, a member of the UvA's System and Network Engineering research group, will receive a grant some €621,000 for his GreenClouds project Energy-efficient Cloud Computing using Hardware Diversity and Elastic Scalability. The project will be conducted in collaboration with Prof. Henry Bal of VU University Amsterdam.