GreenTouch®: A Five Year Quest for Sustainable Networking by Dr. Suresh Goyal from Bell Labs


GreenTouch® is a global research consortium, formed under the initiative and leadership of Bell Labs, with the goal of inventing sustainable, ultra-energy-efficient, ICT networks. In particular it aims to demonstrate technologies in five years (at the end of 2015) that could make the network a thousand-times more energy efficient in 2020 over a baseline network energy efficiency of 2010. ICT networks, freed from the encumberances of energy-consumption limitations, are expected to play a major-role in enabling a low-carbon economy and in fostering rich new applications that will define the way we live, learn and play.
I will talk about the main factors – a network that doubles every two-three years and the slowdown in some key innovation areas – that leed us to believe that ICT network innovation has to be focussed on a complete re-thinking of networks from an energy-efficiency perspective. I will briefly cover the Bell Labs analyses on estimating how much is possible in increasaing network energy efficiency.
The rest of my talk will address the operational structure of GreenTouch®, the progress of GreenTouch®, our research goals and ideas.

Speaker's Information:

Dr. Suresh Goyal leads the Green Research theme at Bell Labs involving cross-domain research on sustainable networks and energy-efficiency enablement. Bell Labs’ green research involves more than a hundred researchers and a large number of external collaborators. A center point of Bell Labs’ green research is GreenTouch®. Suresh led the Bell Labs research teams that performed the analyses leading to the formation of GreenTouch®.
Suresh also holds an Adjunct Professor position at the University of Limerick, in Limerick, Ireland, with a research focus on mechanics and energy harvesting. He is a founding member of Bell Labs Ireland, and the CTVR, where he led the Test and Reliability research group, and co-led strategy development, for 5 years. He has previously held positions in optical networking research and wireless packaging research in Bell Labs. Suresh also served as Adjunct Professor at Carnegie-Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, PA.
Suresh obtained his PhD from Cornell University, in Ithaca, NY, an MS from the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, IA, and a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He is a Fellow of the ASME. He has more than 70 peer-reviewed publications, 12 patents, 3 Best Paper awards, and several Internal Bell Labs awards. Suresh has co-supervised 3 PhD students, 2 Master’s students, and mentored several Senior researchers and students.

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