Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


College of Science and Mathematics


Earth and Environmental Studies

Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair

Aparna S. Varde

Committee Member

Robert W. Taylor

Committee Member

Edward Chapel

Committee Member

Anand Ranganathan


The objective of this dissertation is developing more energy efficient data centers while focusing on the environment as well as meeting the increasing computing needs. Reliability of data centers will be the number one priority for management; however, the focus will be to implement a design by incorporating free cooling, applying thermal profiling, utilizing data mining, and continuing virtualization to create more efficient green data centers that are good for the environment. Since the fall of 2009, electrical consumption patterns were measured in the main data center for the servers and the air-conditioners at Montclair State University (MSU) to quantify the carbon footprint and the electrical costs. An important outcome of this work is to build a Decision Support System (DSS) for green computing in data centers. A DSS is a computer based application to assist in providing solutions with respect to decision-making to multifaceted problems. In summary, building on our measurements, the objective is to design a DSS for data centers to enhance energy efficiency, reduce the carbon footprint, and promote sustainability science across disciplines.