Next week is the annual winter meeting for the American Society for Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), to be held in Chicago. The group’s Technical Committee 9.9 focuses on data centers and has become an industry leader on the subject of data center infrastructure and data center cooling. ASHRAE TC 9.9 and has written books on topics such as data center liquid cooling, facility vibrations, and data center thermal guidelines.
I’ll be on hand to report from the data center-focused sessions. The ASHRAE meeting is typically a great place to see what data center cooling experts are talking about, and they often publish technical papers here for the first time. This year industry leaders such as Roger Schmidt from IBM, Christian Belady from Microsoft and William Tschudi from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will be speaking at the meeting. Here’s some of what ASHRAE TC 9.9 will be presenting:
- “High Density Cooling Updates” will discuss particulate and gaseous contamination effects on computer reliability, data center air management metrics, and airside economizers.
- “Application of ASHRAE Standards and Guidelines to Improve the Sustainability of Data Centers” will include discussion on the 2008 ASHRAE thermal guidelines, including its impact on server vendors, architects, engineers and end users. There will also be talk on data center rating systems for improved energy efficiency.
- “Liquid Cooling Issues Update” will look at ongoing work to get liquid cooling closer to the heat source, and will include discussion of real-time data center energy efficiency at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
- “Innovations in Airflow Management within Rack Enclosures” will discuss cable management for equipment with side-to-side airflow, return air containment, hot- and cold-aisle isolation, and enhancing airflow efficiency with variable-speed drive (VSD) fans.