Focus area: Demand response

Petascale CPE power harvesting grid

Solution/product description

‘Cellr’ our software defined CPE agent harvests telemetry from every broadband CPE and hooks onto a blockchain platform that can create a Petascale grid out of the idle processing power and forms an enormous compute farm that can cater to workloads of ExaFlops. Users get incentivised through Cryptocurrencies and are encouraged to participate in the broadband contribution grid. As processors and embedded devices become an increasingly pervasive part of our life, ‘Cellr’ taps into this significant potential of idling compute swarms and saves multi megawatts of power while transforming broadband service providers from dumb pipe vendors into true data driven customer experience partners.

How does your project address / improve the focus area (Monitoring and Measurement, Demand Response, Supply and Control)?

We tap into the data collected from home and enterprise CPEs through our SDN agent and orchestrate the data on a blockchain based platform to meet demand response criteria of large process workloads. Our ability to distinctly separate the customer and administration networks will allow providers to build a service delivery platform driven by data, trust, transparency and accountability all from existing processing power available in their own network. For example, the OSS/BSS or CDN workloads can be run on the power harvested from the subscribers CPEs instead of running separate Data centres which cut into both power as well as profitability.

What was your inspiration for your project?

Cable has been a capital intensive industry with cost of production to delivery being the highest. Power demand is witnessing significant upsurge with growing urbanisation and proliferation of WiFi connected devices. We recognised that such a power demand stems from the fact that extensive processing was required at disparate locations and each required its own visibility and accountability.This is what we intend to solve by providing visibility, programmability and distribution at every node in the network using technologies like SDN and Blockchain.

What is the single most exciting thing about your project?

Unity is POWER!

Why did you decide to take part in the Adaptive Power Challenge?

The incredible worldwide growth of internet users is astounding and the race to meet this demand quickly is forcing providers to expand by introducing layers of equipment, sometimes physical sometimes virtual. However,both invariably are adding into the power factor and its worrying to see that in the next 5-10 years we may be looking at a fatal scenario of over abused signal spray around us.
We need to unite against this indiscrimination and try to explore the possibility to contain this hazard. This is why we conceived the idea of developing a solution that not only satisfies the common user who only care about faster and better internet but also helps providers in their long term evolution of reusing and maximising their network capital asset potential. There are approximately 700 nuclear power plants and 1/5th of the worlds power is being consumed by data centres trying to mobilise content and service delivery to an ever demanding user base. This is motivation enough to rethink the way broadband is being served or utilised today!