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Lancaster University Develops Datacentre AI

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Lancaster University has revealed details of its work to create an AI-based, self-assembling software system which could provide a boost to the efficiency of datacentres.

The artificial intelligence being created by the university has the potential to drive down the amount of energy consumed by datacentres by dealing with fluctuations in workloads more efficiently.

Researchers from the data science institute claim to have already developed software which can alter its own behaviour and performance according to the tasks the server is doing.

Named Rex, the programme can rapidly reassemble its components into the most efficient form without the need for human intervention via a method called micro-variation.

Barry Porter, a lecturer at Lancaster University's School of Computing and Communications said: "With the help of machine learning and a highly adaptive virtual material with which to write code, for the first time we have computer programmes that are able to gain a deep understanding of their behaviour and performance while they do their job."

As a result, Barry believes it has the potential to completely remove the need for humans to understand the complex systems, placing the responsibility solely on machines.

Rex also has the potential to help businesses cut software maintenance costs because its self-governing capabilities mean fewer developers will be required to manage systems built on it.

The team at Lancaster University have been supported in their work to develop Rex by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and a phD scholarship in Brazil.