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Reducing carbon emissions in a core system

Reducing carbon emissions in a core system

UBM and Microsoft shift computational tasks in CO2-reduced times

This whitepaper discusses the first enterprise-scale implementation of carbon-aware computing, a collaboration between UBS and Microsoft under the Green Software Foundation (GSF) umbrella. Using the GSF Software Carbon Intensity (SCI) specification and carbon-aware-sdk tooling, the partners implemented a time-shifting strategy for UBS's risk platform, running workloads during periods of lower carbon intensity in the grid. This approach is projected to prevent multiple metric tons of CO2eq from entering the atmosphere annually.


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Foundational basic Patterns

Deploy extra resources

If capacity is insufficient, consider increasing the available number of resources

Apply Integral technology

Elevate physical constraints by applying new technology

Establish standardized interfaces

Consider a standardized interface with customers and partners

Minimize numerical involvement

Too many cooks spoil the broth

Resequence activities

Move activities to more appropriate places

Offer temporal flexibility

Let customers interact with your organization whenever they want to.

Generalize your process

Explore whether a process can easily be used for additional products or services

Task delegation

Reassign tasks along the organisational hierarchy

Quality-based task assignment

Allocate task based on past feedback or quality metrics


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Shift Workload

Execute tasks when the grid is powered by renewable energy

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