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Changing Environments and Loads for Data Centers (High Density, Liquid Cooling, Edge Computing)

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Course Length: 3 hours

IT equipment changes are significantly impacting data center design.  These changes are the result of IT manufacturers continually responding to customer demands. Depending on the market sector, demands call for IT equipment that is lower cost, more energy efficient, provides more storage, and provides more computing capabilities. Additionally, the marketplace for housing IT equipment is changing rapidly with the rapid growth of edge computing.

This course will describe the data center design considerations to meet current IT equipment changes.  Results without data center design changes include stranded IT capacity and reduced IT performance.  The trend is a rise in liquid cooled computers and their use cases.  There is an increasing need for data center planning to include future liquid cooling. 

This course will also explore the challenges of designing, deploying, and maintaining small data centers that are surrounded by semi-controlled, or even uncontrolled, external environments. Rapid growth of these edge computing data centers is being driven by new classes of digital growth that require local processing, i.e., where the dataset is too large and/or the application is too latency sensitive to be transmitted back to a centralized cloud server.

These areas of discussion are part of the publications by ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.9 Mission Critical Facilities, Data Centers, Technology Spaces, and Electronic Equipment.

The course shares important insight resulting from research in these areas and publications by ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.9, Mission Critical Facilities, Data Centers, Technology Spaces, and Electronic Equipment.

Recommended References

Datacom Series Design Guides (13 volumes)

Course Instructors

Don Beaty, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE

Roger Schmidt, Ph.D., P.E., Member ASHRAE

Jack Glass

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