Airflow Management Awareness Month


This year’s Airflow Management Awareness Month has ended.
Watch the on-demand webinars below.


Airflow management is a vital part of keeping modern data centers operating at peak performance.

Airflow Management Awareness Month seeks to highlight that importance and educate data center operators
on how they can make changes on many different levels that add up to real savings on energy costs.

Week 1: For Most Data Centers, Liquid and Air Cooling Will Not be Mutually Exclusive

A recent report from Technavio indicates that the adoption of liquid-based cooling is high, as it is considered more efficient than air-based cooling. Globally liquid-based cooling is expected to grow at a remarkable rate through 2020, posting a CAGR of almost 16% during the forecast period. So, why is this level of adoption happening? Increasing rack densities lead by high performance computing (HPC) and the quest to improve efficiency are driving an increase in liquid cooling design strategies and deployment. While still relatively sparse, liquid cooling will become more prevalent, but this does not mean the end of air cooling. In this session, we’ll discuss how to implement liquid cooling while maintaining appropriate air-cooling conditions and fully realize efficiency gains. Lastly, we’ll discuss how to get started and get ahead of the market when it comes to improving cooling efficiency.

Presented by Lars Strong, P.E., Senior Engineer and Company Science Officer, Upsite Technologies
June 04, 2019 11 AM (EST)/ 8 AM (PST)

Week 2: The State of the Data Center Industry - Annual Report

(This is an encore presentation of Bill’s keynote session at Data Center World.)
AFCOM’s highly anticipated annual report on the State of the Data Center Industry provides the most comprehensive look into the technologies, trends, and best practices that dominate the data center market. In addition to providing the most trusted insight into the adoption of new and existing technologies, the report provides C-level execs, facilities directors, and IT professionals with the tools and information to make reliable data center plans for the next year. In this keynote, we’ll deliver an analytical look at the challenges and opportunities faced by today’s data center, including cloud usage, edge computing, IoT, hyperscale, cooling, staffing, skill sets, and much more.

Presented by Bill Kleyman, Executive Vice President of Digital Solutions, Switch
June 11, 2019 11 AM (EST)/ 8 AM (PST)

Week 3: Thermal Control Strategies for Reliable and Energy-Efficient Data Centers

Control strategies for airflow management have a significant impact on data center energy efficiency and reliability. Here, a flow network modeling tool is developed to rapidly provide a rough comparison of the impact of different control strategies on these two metrics. The first portion of the talk focuses on development and validation of the flow network modeling tool, and how it can be used as a first step in analyzing control schemes. The second part of the talk examines specific control strategies for a representative data center. Two self-developed control schemes, ON/OFF and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) were applied on a hybrid evaporative and direct expansion-based cooling system to mimic real data centers. These control schemes can be applied independently or collectively, thereby saving the energy spent on mechanical refrigeration by using airside economization and/or evaporative cooling.

Presented By Aaron P. Wemhoff, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director, Villanova University Site of the Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems
Co-presenter: Rehan Khalid, Graduate Research Assistant, Villanova University
June 18, 2019 11 AM (EST)/ 8 AM (PST)

Week 4: Can Your Data Center Become Energy Efficient?

Continuous rapid growth and adoption of data hungry IT equipment is escalating the need for greater amounts of energy to keep data centers running and highly available. Researchers estimate 50 billion new devices will be connected to the internet by 2020 and will surpass 100 billion devices by 2025. The data center industry will be one of the top five energy consumers in the world, with 65% of power generation supplied by burning fossil fuels, producing 14% of global carbon emissions. As data centers are becoming a corner stone in the global economy with the expectation of 4,000 new mega data centers in the US by 2020, the ominous challenge must be a paradigm shift from rapid explosive data center growth to effectively and responsibly reducing data center energy consumption.

Presented by Kevin Kent, Data Center Operations Manager, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
June 25, 2019 11 AM (EST)/ 8 AM (PST)

Featured Speakers

Lars Strong

P.E., Senior Engineer and Company Science Officer, Upsite Technologies

 

Bill Kleyman

Executive Vice President of Digital Solutions, Switch

 

Aaron P. Wemhoff

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director, Villanova University Site of the Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems

Rehan Khalid

Graduate Research Assistant, Villanova University

Kevin Kent

Data Center Operations Manager, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

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