Google data centres use software to cut energy use

Google is using artificial intelligence technology in its data centres to be more energy efficient. The new software has helped the online search engine giant cut energy use by 40% […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Google is using artificial intelligence technology in its data centres to be more energy efficient.

The new software has helped the online search engine giant cut energy use by 40% and improve overall data efficiency by 15%.

The machine learning technology is named Google’s DeepMind, which uses a system of neural networks trained on different operating scenarios data centres and creates a more adaptive framework to optimise efficiency.

Rich Evans, Research Engineer at DeepMind and Jim Gao, Data Centre Engineer at Google said: “Reducing energy usage has been a major focus for us over the past 10 years: we have built our own super-efficient servers at Google, invented more efficient ways to cool our data centres and invested heavily in green energy sources, with the goal of being powered 100% by renewable energy.

“Compared to five years ago, we now get around 3.5 times the computing power out of the same amount of energy and we continue to make many improvements each year.”