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Energy Flow in the Information Technology Stack: Introducing the Coefficient of Performance of the Ensemble

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Chandrakant D. Patel, Ratnesh K. Sharma, Cullen E. Bash, Monem H. Beitelmal

Hewlett Packard Laboratories

Paper No. IMECE2006-14830, pp. 233-241; 9 pages
  • ASME 2006 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Heat Transfer, Volume 3
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, November 5 – 10, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4786-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3790-4
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


The information technology industry is in the midst of a transformation to lower the cost of operation through consolidation and better utilization of critical data center resources. Successful consolidation necessitates increasing utilization of capital intensive "always-on" data center infrastructure, and reducing the recurring cost of power. A need exists, therefore for an end to end physical model that can be used to design and manage dense data centers and determine the cost of operating a data center. The chip core to the cooling tower model must capture the power levels and thermo-fluids behavior of chips, systems, aggregation of systems in racks, rows of racks, room flow distribution, air conditioning equipment, hydronics, vapor compression systems, pumps and heat exchangers. Earlier work has outlined the foundation for creation of a "smart" data center through use of flexible cooling resources and a distributed sensing and control system that can provision the cooling resources based on the need. This paper shows a common thermodynamic platform which serves as an evaluation and basis for policy based control engine for such a "smart" data center with much broader reach - from chip core to the cooling tower. Computational Fluid Dynamics modeling is performed to determine the computer room air conditioning utilization for a given distribution of heat load and cooling resources in a production data center. Coefficient of performance (COP) of the computer room air conditioning units, based on the level of utilization, is used with COP of other cooling resources in the stack to determine the COP of the ensemble. The ensemble COP represents an overall measure of the performance of the heat removal stack in a data center.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME
Topics: Flow (Dynamics)



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