Sustaining Everything, Everywhere, All at Once!

Thursday, December 08, 2022 - 9:00 am10:00 am AEDT

Fanjing Meng, Robert Barron, and Hua Ye, IBM


Sustainability is one of the hot topics in addressing challenges of climate change. When we put it in the context of Site Reliability Engineering, it means improving the power consumption efficiencies of the whole stack (from infrastructure to application) while ensuring the SLAs/SLOs of the services they support. In this talk we will start by discussing the concepts and technical challenges of a full-stack sustainability optimization platform. Then, we'll share the measurement systems, standards and testing approaches of sustainable computing which we have developed and use. This will not merely be a high-level concept, we'll present the architecture and detailed design of the whole platform. Part of the session will include sharing our practices which were developed using a data driven approach for efficiency optimization. We will also show an end-to-end demonstration of the whole platform in our data center and showcase active resource management and dynamic workload scheduling technologies.

Fanjing Meng, IBM

Dr. Fanjing Meng, Chief Technology Officer of IBM China System Development Lab, has more than 20 years of cutting-edge technology research, development and management experience, including sustainable computing, AIOps, ITOA, cloud computing, software and solution engineering and etc. Currently, she is committed to the research and development of sustainable computing technologies by building a full-stack sustainable computing optimization and management platform based on IBM systems, software and services to accelerate the realization of sustainable computing and sustainable digital transformation of enterprises. She has published more than 30 academic papers in international conferences and journals, has more than 40 international patents and patent applications in many innovative fields, and has received more than 30 awards for technological innovation and contribution from IBM and IEEE. In addition, she is actively involved in the establishment and construction of technical and academic communities, serving as the General Chair(Co-Chair), Technical Program Committee Chair(Co-Chair), Technical Program Committee Member of International Conferences and reviewers of International Journals, as a founding member and project leader of the IEEE WIE (Women-in-Engineering) Beijing Affiliate, and as a member and invited speaker of IEEE Women in Services Computing (WISC).

Robert Barron, IBM

Robert is an SRE Architect in the office of the IBM CIO where he enjoys helping others solve problems even more than he enjoys solving them himself. Robert has over 20 years of experience in IT and is still happiest when learning something new. He lives in Israel with his wonderful wife and two children. His hobbies include history, space exploration, and bird photography.

Hua Ye, IBM

Hua Ye, a Senior Architect of IBM China Systems Center, has over 20 years of experiences in the design, architect, implementation, operation and management of a client-facing data center. He has in-depth knowledge in infrastructure management and is familiar with data center technology, IT hardware, networking, storage, and related software. He is now responsible for IBM data center operations, working closely with global technical team and leading the local infrastructure team to support client projects and IT infrastructure operations.

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@conference {284899,
author = {Fanjing Meng and Robert Barron and Hua Ye},
title = {Sustaining Everything, Everywhere, All at Once!},
year = {2022},
address = {Sydney},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = dec

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