Building a Microscope for the Data Center

  • Nuno Pereira
  • Stefano Tennina
  • Eduardo Tovar
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7405)


Managing the physical and compute infrastructure of a large data center is an embodiment of a Cyber-Physical System (CPS). The physical parameters of the data center (such as power, temperature, pressure, humidity) are tightly coupled with computations, even more so in upcoming data centers, where the location of workloads can vary substantially due, for example, to workloads being moved in a cloud infrastructure hosted in the data center. In this paper, we describe a data collection and distribution architecture that enables gathering physical parameters of a large data center at a very high temporal and spatial resolution of the sensor measurements. We think this is an important characteristic to enable more accurate heat-flow models of the data center and with them, find opportunities to optimize energy consumption. Having a high resolution picture of the data center conditions, also enables minimizing local hotspots, perform more accurate predictive maintenance (pending failures in cooling and other infrastructure equipment can be more promptly detected) and more accurate billing. We detail this architecture and define the structure of the underlying messaging system that is used to collect and distribute the data. Finally, we show the results of a preliminary study of a typical data center radio environment.


Sensor Network Sensor Node Wireless Sensor Network Data Center Cluster Head 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nuno Pereira
    • 1
  • Stefano Tennina
    • 1
  • Eduardo Tovar
    • 1
  1. 1.CISTER/INESC-TEC, ISEP, Polytechnic Institute of PortoPortoPortugal

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