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Enterprise Computing Research Group - EC Lab

The Enterprise Computing (EC) Research Group, part of the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering at the University of East London, is a leading research group focusing on Scalability and Sustainability of Enterprise Systems. 
The team investigates challenges and opportunities in relation to the sustainability of today's large-scale Cloud and data centre environments. With the proliferation of BigData, IoT, and social media, all of which reside in the Cloud, there is an ever-increasing demand for energy in data centres. Data centres in Europe are estimated to consume over 130TWh every year [EURECA, 2017], and this is continually increasing.

The EC Lab expertise covers a number of areas, including:

  • Best practices and technologies for power and energy efficiency in data centres
  • Digital transformation and environmental efficiency of public sector data centre facilities 
  • Capacity planning for power efficiency in software deployment
  • Energy-aware software engineering
  • Enterprise and Software Architecture

EC Lab members serve on various expert committees such as the ISO SC39 Committee (Sustainability for and by IT) and the EU Commission Expert Working Group for Best Environmental Practice in the telecommunication and ICT services sector. The group frequently hosts various expert meetings (e.g. CEN-CENELEC Coordination Group on Green Data Centres, April 2016; the UK Government Green ICT Delivery Unit, June 2015; etc.) and advises a number of European public sector authorities on data centre efficiency.

The EC Lab hosts the largest online data centre market directory, which was funded and established under the EU H2020 EURECA project (DCdirectory.eu).

Main Research Expertise

Cloud Computing

Our expertise span various aspects of Cloud computing, from platforms and infrastructure (e.g. OpenStack, Open Compute Project, etc.) to developing Cloud migration strategies, including business case development. We supported various EU governments in this area, ranging from Cloud consolidation to full data centre build projects totalling in the tens of millions of Euros.

Energy Efficiency

This is a cross-cutting theme within the EC lab. Our work has helped progress the state-of-the-art in data centre and Cloud energy efficiency by helping shape various government policies, standards, best practices and research directions at national and international level. Our work addresses energy efficiency at infrastructure  as well as whole system design level.

Software Engineering

Under Software Engineering, we address various challenges, from large-scale system design (e.g. architecture description, software product lines, variability management, etc.) to analysing and monitoring code level energy consumption. We have developed various tools (e.g. EURECA tool) that were used in real-life projects helping drive over 52GWh/year of end-use energy consumption.

What Else We Provide?

Consultancy

We have worked with various organisations in the public and private sector in Europe helping them with their digital transformation & innovation journey while reducing their ICT environmental footprint.

Training & Education

We deliver online as well as face to face training and certification programmes. We have over ten online courses (and increasing) and have delivered face to face courses across Europe training over 1000 professionals over the past 6 years.

Research Collaboration

We have partnered with small and medium businesses (SMEs) as well as large enterprises on Research projects, ranging from large publically funded projects, to Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), as well as contract research.

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Latest News

EC Lab at DataCloud Global Congress 2019

20 May 2019 Dr Bashroush (EC Lab Director) will be moderating an expert panel titled, “Advances in Data Centre Cooling”, at DataCloud Global Congress which will take place in Monaco, on 6th June 2019 at 10:20am. The panel will discuss data centre cooling that has always been an integral part of operations and efficiency, with continuous […]

EC Lab at European Commission’s Digital4Climate: Towards a Sustainable Digital Transformation Workshop

30 April 2019 Dr Bashroush of EC Lab was invited as a speaker at the European Commission’s Digital4Climate meeting. The event will take place on 17 May 2019, at DG CONNECT, Brussels. The purpose of the workshop will be to concretely discuss the implications of digitalisation for climate change and sustainability and its innovation potential […]

ComputerWeekly reports on a panel discussion on skills gap with input from EC Lab

14 March 2019 Computer Weekly published an article titled: “Datacentre industry needs to raise its profile to address skills gaps, says panel”, on 13th March 2019. The article summarises the Data Centre World (DCW) London 2019 panel session on “Tackling the Skills Shortage”. Dr Bashroush shared his expert opinion as an academic on this panel. To read […]

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Contact

Rabih Bashroush, EC Lab Director, University of East London, Docklands Campus, University Way, London, E16 2RD
+ 44 (0) 208 223 6515

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