Networking for Sustainability
Bill St. Arnaud, formerly CANARIE

One of the greatest threats to our future society and economy is global warming. Universities and researchers are now an increasingly significant contributor to these CO2 emissions because of the demand for new cyber-infrastructure equipment which is essential to the future of scientific discovery. As a result some universities and R&E networks are starting to explore new types of computational and network architectures that not only benefits eScience but also reduces CO2 emissions. Optical high speed research networks and distributed zero carbon cyber-infrastructure data centers with network virtualization, web services and clouds will be a critical component of this architecture. This evolving low carbon infrastructure and it also may enable a new sustainable revenue stream for research and education networks amongst others.

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