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AI is cool: Google’s AI system is keeping its data centers cool

Google's AI datacenter
Google's AI datacenter

Google is putting an artificial.intelligence system in charge of its data center cooling after the system proved it could cut energy use.

Every five minutes, our cloud-based AI pulls a snapshot of the data center cooling system from thousands of sensors and feeds it into our deep neural networks, which predict how different combinations of potential actions will affect future energy consumption. The AI system then identifies which actions will minimize the energy consumption while satisfying a robust set of safety constraints. Those actions are sent back to the data center, where the actions are verified by the local control system and then implemented. (source)

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Despite being in place for only a matter of months, the system is already delivering consistent energy savings of around 30 percent on average, with further expected improvements.

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