Sustainability is a topic of increasing importance in modern society. The primary objective of this workshop is to explore how improvements to or new uses of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can improve the environmental, economic and/or social sustainability of ICT systems, networks, and applications and of non-ICT processes (e.g., quantify the reduction in cost or carbon emissions from using tele-presence services instead of travel).

Topics of interest fall broadly into three main areas:

  • Designing sustainable ICT: Such work includes research measuring, evaluating, or designing energy efficient systems in data centers, networking and communication protocols, etc.
  • ICT for sustainability: Such work includes research proposing new uses of ICT to improve the environmental, economic, and/or social sustainability of non-ICT processes.
  • Building a smarter, more sustainable electricity grid: Such work includes research addressing the challenges (both engineering and economic) that come from incorporating increasing penetration of renewable energy into the grid, demand-response techniques, and smart-metering.

This workshop is intended to bring together researchers from the (traditional) SIGMETRICS and Performance communities with researchers and practitioners in the three areas above, to exchange technical ideas and experiences on issues related to sustainability and ICT. The workshop will include a mixture of invited talks and presentations of accepted papers, and will serve as a forum for the SIGMETRICS and Performance communities to apply their techniques to this emerging and important area.


  • We will have an exciting series of keynote talks this year, including talks by Peter W. Sauer (UIUC), David Irwin (UMASS Amherst), and Thomas Wenisch (UMichigan).

  • The list of papers accepted to years workshop has been released!
    • Dong Chen and David Irwin. Black-box Solar Performance Modeling: Comparing Physical, Machine Learning, and Hybrid Approaches.
    • Joshua Comden, Zhenhua Liu and Yue Zhao. Distributed Algorithm Design for Probabilistic Demand Response.
    • Thinh Doan, Subhonmesh Bose and Carolyn Beck. Distributed Lagrangian Method for Tie-Line Scheduling in Power Grids under Uncertainty.
    • Mohammad Hajiesmaili, Minghua Chen, Enrique Mallada and Chi-Kin Chau. Summary of Recent Results: Crowd-Sourced Storage-Assisted Demand-Response in Microgrids.
    • Mohammad A. Islam, Shaolei Ren and Adam Wierman. "A First Look at Power Attacks in Multi-Tenant Data Centers"
    • Tan N. Le, Jie Liang, Zhenhua Liu, Ramesh K. Sitaraman, Jayakrishnan Nair and Bong Jun Choi. Optimal Energy Procurement for Geo-distributed Data Centers in Multi-timescale Electricity Markets.
    • Hitoshi Oi. A Case Study of Energy Efficiency on a Heterogeneous Multi-Processor.
    • John Pang, Linqi Guo and Steven Low. Load-side Frequency Regulation with Limited Control Coverage.
    • Qiang Wang and Xiaowen Chu. GPGPU Power Estimation with Core and Memory Frequency Scaling.
    • Wei Wang and Nanpeng Yu. Phase Balancing in Power Distribution Network with Data Center.
    • Pengcheng You, Youxian Sun, John Pang, Steven Low and Minghua Chen. Battery Swapping Assignment for Electric Vehicles: A Bipartite Matching Approach.

Important Dates

  • Monday, March 27, 2017: Paper Submission Deadline
    Submission Deadline Extended to Friday, March 31 at 11:59pm PT
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017: Author Notification
  • Monday, May 22, 2017: Final Versions Due
  • Monday, June 5, 2017: Workshop
  • Date TBD: Final Versions for PER Due