Simulation-based assessment of thermal aware computation of a bespoke data centre

V. Zavrel, J.Ignacio Torrens, J.L.M. Hensen

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The role of Data Centres (DCs) as global electricity consumers is growing rapidly due to the exponential increase of computational demand that modern times require. Control strategies that minimize energy consumption while guaranteeing optimal operation conditions in DC are essential to achieve sustainable and energy efficient DCs. Unfortunately, the development and testing of novel control strategies are often slowed down, if not discarded. This is generally due to the lack of access caused by safety and economic reasons. Alternatively, simulation experiments represent a “safe” virtual environment to test novel control strategies, accelerating the process for their implementation in physical DCs. The virtual DC testbed, originated in the GENiC project, supports the development and dynamic testing of control and energy management algorithms. This paper introduces its features and describes its functionality through a simulation-based assessment of thermal aware computation strategy. For this, the virtual DC will be based on a bespoke DC located in Cork (Ireland). This DC has 30 kW capacity, 40 m2 floor area and its layout follows a hot aisle - cold aisle arrangement without containment. The performance the IT Workload allocation under different scenarios and their influence both on the whitespace environment and overall DC performance are evaluated and quantified. Finally, the benefits of a coordinated operation between the thermal and the IT workload managements are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCLIMA 2016 : Proceedings of the 12th REHVA World Congress
EditorsP.K. Heiselberg
Place of PublicationAalborg
PublisherAalborg University
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event12th REHVA World Congress (CLIMA 2016), May 22-25, 2016, Aalborg, Denmark - Aalborg Congress and Culture Centre, Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 22 May 201625 May 2016


Conference12th REHVA World Congress (CLIMA 2016), May 22-25, 2016, Aalborg, Denmark
Abbreviated titleCLIMA 2016
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  • Data Centre
  • Thermal Aware Computation
  • Simulation-based Assessment
  • Virtual Testbed
  • GENiC


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