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Sustainability Days 2021

This conference is organised by the EPFL EcoCloud Center for sustainable cloud technologies, with the participation of the EPFL Energy Center, the FUSTIC association, members of EPFL Faculty, and industrial partners.

The program will cover sustainability in cloud infrastructure with focus on IT infrastructure efficiency and emissions (servers, storage, network), and DC infrastructure efficiency and emissions (electricity, cooling, heat recycling).

16—17.09.2021

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Morning day 1/2: September 16th, 2021
September 16th 2021
09:10-12:30 UTC+1

9:20 – 9:30 Welcome message from EcoCloud

Session 1 – Next-Generation Datacenter Technologies

9:30 – 9:55 Speaker 1 – Bruno Michel, Manager of Smart System Integration, IBM Zurich

How to become Physically Net Zero by 2030

9:55 – 10:20 Speaker 2 – Utz-Uwe Haus Head of EMEA Research Lab, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Facets of Green HPC: between carbon-neutral site operations and data-aware middlewares

10:20 – 10:45 Speaker 3 –François Marechal, Head of IPESE, EPFL

10:45 – 11:10 Speaker 4 – Jussi Vihersalo (Eaton) and Mark Monroe (Microsoft) Grid-interactive data centers: enabling decarbonization and system stability

11:10 – 11:25 Coffee break

Session 2 – Panel on Future Technologies

11:25 – 11:30 Panel introduction and position statements

11:30 – 12:30 Panel Q&A session

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break 

5ABC
Afternoon day 1/2: September 16th, 2021
September 16th 2021
13:20-16:00 UTC+1

Session 3 –Efficiency & Emissions in Datacenters: Metrics, Standards and the Economics

13:30 – 13:55 Panel introduction – 5 min spotlight per speaker 

Roger Sueess, CEO, green.ch

Martin Casaulta, Chief Technologist, HPE

Vincent Barro, VP Secure Power & DC Business, Schneider Electric

Mihaela Grigorie, Electrical Efficiency Specialist, Swiss Federal Office of Energy

13:55 – 14:25 Panel discussion

14:25 – 14:45 Panel Q&A session

14:45 – 15:00 Coffee break

Session 4 – Best Practices Workshop

15:00 – 16:00 Workshop 

16:00 – 17:30 Cocktail organized by SDEA

5ABC
Morning day 2/2: September 17th, 2021
September 17th 2021
08:50-12:00 UTC+1

Session 5 – IT Infrastructure & Circular Economy

9:00 – 9:25 Speaker 1 –Holger Frauenrath Associate Dean for Industry and Innovation, EPFL

The future of material sustainability

9:25 – 9:50 Speaker 2 – Nicola Farronato, Head of Innovation Team, Torino City Lab, Sustainable IT for Cities

9:50 – 10:15 Speaker 3 –  Marc-Elian Bégin, CEO, SixSq, Sustainable edge-to-cloud solutions 

10:15 – 10:30 Coffee break 

Session 6 – Use cases requirements workshop

10:30 – 10:40 Speaker 4 – Patrick Montier Smart City, Geneva

10:40 – 10:50 Speaker 5 – Maxim Interbrick, COO, Sparrow Analytics

10:50 – 11:00 Speaker 6 – Monique Calisti, President, Digital for Planet

11:00 – 12:00 Panel introduction and Q&A Session

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break – Standing lunch

13:00 End of the EcoCloud Sustainability Days