Google has announced that its very own DeepMind AI enabled the company to drastically reduce the energy consumption of its massive data centers.
DeepMind has managed to reduce the cost of cooling Google’s data centers by 40 percent, and as a result, reduce the total energy consumption of the company by 15 percent, Google told the Climate Action – an organization that has a special contractual partnership with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder of DeepMind, explained to Climate Action that DeepMind was able to reduce the energy consumption in the data centers of Google by accurately predicting the incoming computational load and matching it to the cooling load requirement.
Suleyman said that Google’s DeepMind has “a significant environmental impact.” DeepMind’s co-founder added, “I think this is just the beginning. There are lots more opportunities to find efficiencies in data center infrastructure.”
In 2014, Google bought the British artificial intelligence company DeepMind for nearly £400 million or more than $600 million at the time. Given the fact that Google’s yearly energy consumption is equivalent to more than that of 300,000 households,
Data centers are physical structures that provide nearly all data current accessible by end users and it is estimated that Google has the largest data centers in the world. Some of its major data centers of Google are located in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Taiwan and Singapore.
Back in 2011, Greenpeace estimated that the demand to support our digital infrastructure, including Google’s data centers, would have ranked sixth in the world among countries. Recent estimates, according to Climate Action, suggest that all the combined data centers in the world contribute to nearly two percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
“The data centers require significant energy resources to keep the servers cool and constantly adjust air pressure and humidity in order to run efficiently,” this according to Climate Action.
Google claims that its data centers use only less than 0.01% of the world’s electricity and consume only 50% of the energy compared to other data centers.