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How to Leverage High Altitude Platforms in Green Computing?

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posted on 2023-05-10, 19:21 authored by Wiem AbderrahimWiem Abderrahim, Osama AminOsama Amin, Basem Shihada

Terrestrial data centers suffer from a growing carbon footprint that could contribute with 14% to global CO2 emissions by 2040. High Altitude Platform (HAP) is a promising airborne technology that can unleash the computing frontier in the stratospheric range by hosting a flying data center. HAP systems can endorse the sustainable green operation of data centers thanks to the naturally low atmospheric temperature that saves cooling energy and its large surface that can host solar panels covering energy requirements. Throughout this article, we define the operation limitations of this innovative solution and study the energy-efficiency-related trade-offs. Then, we shed light on the significance of the scalability of the data center-enabled HAP architecture by investigating potential bottlenecks and proposing different deployment scenarios to avoid network congestion. We also highlight the importance of the management agility of the data center-enabled HAP system by defining effective management techniques that yield high-performing data centers. Our results demonstrate that deploying a single data center-enabled HAP can save 12% of the electricity costs.


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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

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  • Saudi Arabia