Considering fabrication in sustainable computing

Alex K. Jones, Yiran Chen, William O. Collinge, Haifeng Xu, Laura A. Schaefer, Amy E. Landis, Melissa M. Bilec

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

14 Scopus citations


The term green computing has become effectively synonymous with low-power/energy computing. However, for computing to be truly sustainable, all phases of the system life-cycle must be considered. In contrast to the considerable effort that has been applied to address the use-phase energy consumption issue - ranging from battery powered embedded systems to data center servers - there is limited awareness or attention to the considerable energy consumption and environmental impacts from semiconductor fabrication. Current research indicates that fabrication is responsible for a significant factor of the energy utilized by these systems throughout their life-cycle. The trends of technology scaling coupled with developing hybrid fabrication solutions for integration of emerging technologies, while beneficial for use-phase power consumption, exacerbate these increasing environmental impacts from fabrication. Thus, design for sustainability is a grand challenge that must be addressed over the next decade.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, ICCAD 2013 - Digest of Technical Papers
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2013
Event2013 32nd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, ICCAD 2013 - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Nov 18 2013Nov 21 2013

Publication series

NameIEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, Digest of Technical Papers, ICCAD
ISSN (Print)1092-3152


Other2013 32nd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, ICCAD 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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