Green computing for sustainability: A case study of Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, India

DHIRENDRA SHARMA, Himachal Pradesh University, India

Purpose/Motivation: Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, India is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Western Himalayan Region of India. The Information Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure including Campus Wide Optical Fibre Network (CWOFN) backbone in Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, has been working efficiently with high performance. Its networking design was implemented in such a way that it provides redundant optical fibre connectivity. Despite best efforts, always faced challenges due to failure of power from time to time. This network backbone Implemented eight years ago, no steps were taken towards green computing for sustainability, for better solution. The objective of this paper is to achieve “Green Computing for Sustainability on the campus of Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, India”.

Methodology/Design: The CWOFN Backbone has been designed with best state of the art Technologies and redundancies features. Now campus Network has been redesigned w.r.t Green Computing for ICT sustainability for providing clean services on 24 3 7 3 365 basis. One of the major steps has been taken for reducing electrical energy consumption by using solar panels/lamps, solar-based network switches, etc. Details of the complete network redesign has been depicted in this study.

Research Limitations: Unavailability of reliable data of such case studies in other campuses. However, this pertains to the case study of Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla only w.r.t green computing for sustainability.

Findings: By redesigning of campus network and Implementing green computing for sustainability, following are the findings:

  1. Use of clean and uninterrupted solar energy for smooth functioning of campus network backbone with high and efficient performance on 24 x 7 x 365 basis.
  2. Able to reduce electrical energy.

Implications: Integrating green computing technology with highly sustainable energy-saving practices in Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. Following are the implications:

  1. save funds for electricity bills
  2. save environment
  3. reduce carbon emissions
  4. effective eco-friendly and sustainable solution.

Originality/Value: This real case study is original and done for the first time in the Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla India, which is extremely useful for Green computing sustainability.

Keywords: green; computing; sustainable; Information Communication Technology; ICT; campus network optical fibre.

Outlook 2015 - Sharma2.pdf
Outlook 2015 - Sharma2.pdf
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