Second International Workshop on Grid Friendly Computing
The Second International Workshop on Grid Friendly Computing (GFC 2013) is a forum for academic researchers and industry practitioners to share innovative ideas in the intersection of power grids and green computing. This workshop will occupy one day of the 4th International Green Computing Conference (IGCC 2013). All accepted papers will be published in the workshop section of the IGCC 2013 proceedings by the IEEE Computer Society Press and the IEEE online library.
This workshop targets the intersection between computing and the power grid. The so-called "grid friendliness" refers to the enabling technologies which support the power grid's reliability. On one hand, a large number of sensors (phasor measurement units or PMUs) are being deployed to gather the state of the grid in real-time. Scalable data management and online analytics are therefore essential to convert this energy data into actionable grid control. The smart grid must therefore integrate advanced data-intensive computing technologies to be operated efficiently and more reliably.
On the other hand, to power large-scale computing infrastructures (e.g., data centers), energy is drawn on demand from the grid, which is highly complex and fragile. While there has been much exciting research towards unilaterally reducing power consumed by computations and computer systems, the electric utility's cost of facilitating on-demand energy can vary greatly. A fundamental property of the grid is that energy generation and consumption must be matched at all times, and managing this balance is an enormous challenge for utilities. An energy deficiency or surplus can lead to service disruptions or even cause major outages. Exacerbating the grid balancing problem is the integration of intermittent renewable energy sources like solar and wind. Utilities face complications when output from wind or solar farms rapidly ramps in either direction, because the consumers' demand does not change accordingly. Even worse, as distributed generation and transactive energy gains traction, utilities may have even less control over energy management. This workshop will explore the computing challenges, visions, and approaches towards a more robust and reliable futuristic grid.
Authors are invited to submit papers with unpublished, original work. Submissions must not exceed 6 pages of double column text using single spaced 10pt font. Submissions should include an abstract, keywords, and the contact of the corresponding author. The submission should follow the template found here: LaTeX or MS Word
To directly access the paper submission site, please go to the EasyChair site.
Submission of a paper should be regarded as an undertaking that, should the paper be
accepted, at least one of the authors will register and attend the
workshop to present the work. Each submitted paper will be peer reviewed and the comments
will be provided to the authors. The accepted papers will be published
in the workshop proceedings by the IEEE Computer Society
Press and IEEE online library.