The dRedBox consortium, which includes two Irish based companies Kinesense and IBM Research – Ireland, has won €6.4 million in EU funding under the Horizon 2020 program. The three year project will develop a new type of cloud computing server which will lead to faster processing, better resource allocation and overall lower costs.
The new dRedBox design aims to speed up memory access using fiber-optic connections while lowering electric power consumption by up to 20%.
Data Centres in Ireland use 7% (414 MW) of all electricity generated and this is projected to more than double by 2020. The carbon savings of cutting 20% of electricity in data centres is the equivalent of taking 150,000 cars off Irish roads, greatly benefiting the environment.
Kinesense CTO Dr Mark Sugrue stated: “Kinesense is delighted to be part of shaping the future of the cloud. Our role is to develop our video investigation solutions on the new dRedBox system and prove its efficiency. This means for our customers is faster servers and lower running costs. Access to the right information at the right time is paramount for police especially in today’s world.”
Ireland has one of the highest success rates in Horizon2020 funding in the EU. This research funding is highly sought after and is instrumental in ensuring European research and innovation. The dRedbox consortium is a pan-European organisation and its members include Telefonica, University of Bristol, University of Thessaly and the Institute of Computer Science in Greece, Barcelona Supercomputing Center and NAudit from Spain, Sintecs, Virtual Open Systems from France and Mellanox from Israel.
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