Marriage of Internet of Things and Machine Learning techniques towards Intelligent Green Data Centers

Kick off: October 2015

About NextGenSmart DC

In today’s data-centric world, people expect the right data to be available everywhere, anytime, cheaply, in growing quantities and ‘processed-right’. Increasing data storage, processing and continuity requires a globally growing and more efficient data-center management to lower the environmental footprint.

The ‘business-as-usual’ trajectory could see data-center greenhouse gases double by 2020 from a 0.28% share of total global carbon emissions in 2007. In some cases, the total energy costs in a data-center can exceed the initial capital investment cost. While, the ICT industry represents a 2% share of the global carbon emissions.

The NextGenSmart DC project’s premise is that the application of state-of-the-art ICT tools and techniques can improve the environmental footprint of energy-intensive facilities and deliver Smarter and Greener Data-Centers, through ‘self-help’.

Main Goal

The main goal of the project is to design and validate energy saving methodologies based on ICT to the industrial setting using data centers in India as the case study and defining general methods and approaches that can be deployed in other Indo-Dutch industries.


B. Setz, F. Nizamic, A. Lazovik and M. Aiello (April 2016) Power Management of Personal Computers based on User Behaviour. In International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems, 409–416.

V. Dinesh Reddy, B. Setz, G. Subrahmanya V.R.K. Rao, G.R. Gangadharan, M. Aiello (May 2017) Metrics for Sustainable Data Centers. In IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Computing, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 290–303

V. Dinesh Reddy, B. Setz, G. Subrahmanya V.R.K. Rao, G.R. Gangadharan, M. Aiello (Forthcoming) Best Practices for Sustainable Data Centers. In IEEE IT Professional

V. Dinesh Reddy, G.R. Gangadharan, G. Subrahmanya V.R.K. Rao (Accepted) Energy aware Virtual Machine Allocation and Selection in Cloud Data Centers. In Soft Computing, Springer


V. Dinesh Reddy, G.R. Gangadharan, G. Subrahmanya V.R.K. Rao. (US Patent filed) Method for employing optimization based on imitation


Project partners include two academic institutions and two companies.

Latest News

4th Partner Meeting

November 2018

Stuttgart, Germany - The 4th partner meeting took place at the University of Stuttgart. Each of the partners presented their latest developments. The final steps for the project were discussed.

3rd Partner Meeting

October 2017

Bengaluru, India - Shell organized a visit for the partners to the newly built Shell Technology Center in Bengaluru. Followed by the 3rd partner meeting in Chennai, hosted by Cognizant.

KBC Inspiration Day

September 2017
KBC Inspiration Day 2017

Leuven, Belgium - In collaboration with Cognizant, NextGenSmart DC participated at the KBC Inspiration Day 2017 to present the latest developments of the project to industry partners. A live demonstration of privacy-preserved monitoring for the next generation of smart data centers was on display.

2nd Partner Meeting

December 2016

Hyderabad, India - During the second partner meeting, the progress and publications were presented and discussed with all partners. The partner presentations were held at the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT) situated in Hyderabad.

1st Partner Meeting, Kick-Off

December 2015

Bengaluru, India - Partner introductions took place at the first partner meeting. The project kick-off meeting was held at Cognizant and Shell, at their locations in Bengaluru.