Introduction to Data Center Energy Flow and Thermal Management



This chapter provides an introduction to the emerging trends in the growth of data centers. It is seen that projected growth in functionality and performance in information technology and communications equipment is resulting in sharply increasing power dissipation per unit facility footprint. Increased energy usage for powering and thermal management of data centers, which is a potential concern for continued growth of data centers is examined. The guidelines for environmental control of data centers to assure satisfactory equipment performance are discussed. Thermal management of data centers involves multiple length scales. The approaches currently in use and under exploration at various scales are presented. Thermal modeling approaches for data centers are also discussed. Data centers are generally expected to operate continuously, yet there have been documented failure events that have lead to usage interruption. The tier classification of data centers based on redundancy is introduced.


Cloud Computing Data Center Energy Usage Thermal Management Power Failure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical EngineeringGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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