According to the NSF’s site, in the program’s first five years problem-oriented research related to the industry’s search for optimizing the energy-efficiency of electronic systems and data centers will be addressed. Efforts will cover computing (including software and microarchitectural techniques), innovative cooling solutions and thermal management techniques and, adaptive, pro-active and scalable control system concepts.
Each of the universities bring tremendous research labs and platforms. Binghamton University has amassed a vast infrastructure for conducting energy efficient systems research and is opening a new $30 million facility in 2013 to advance that effort. There is technical expertise and infrastructure at the Integrated Electronics Engineering Center (IEEC) which include an on-site demonstration facility that allows for rigorous and replicable testing of new technologies. Labs are equipped with such instrumentation as thermal cycling chambers, temperature and humidity chambers, a thermal shock chamber, and more. The University of Texas at Arlington has an electronic cooling lab with equipment related to air cooling, and there’s a Nanotechnology Research & Teaching Facility (NanoFab) with a 10,000-square-foot clean room. The Villanova University Laboratory for Advanced Thermal and Fluid Systems is designed for fundamental investigations in thermal transport and characterization of thermal management in electronics, energy, and propulsion systems.
The E3S will also open its doors for training opportunities, according to the Binghamton University article. The first meeting will be held in December and participants will review an initial lineup of research projects.