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Primeur weekly 2015-05-26

Exascale supercomputing

House passes two Hultgren bills to promote technological innovation, manufacturing, "exascale" supercomputing ...

The Cloud

Mellanox collaborates with Supermicro to deliver CloudX-based hyper-converged infrastructure ...

IBM and United Business Group partner to accelerate hybrid Cloud adoption in Kuwait ...

IBM delivers broadest set of OpenStack services ...

EuroFlash

Transinsight wins German public tender for the National Academy of Sciences - Leopoldina for creating a semantic search engine on demographic change ...

Call for Papers: Women in HPC Workshop for early career researchers in HPC, in collaboration with ISC High Performance 2015 ...

Cardiff researchers join the hunt for 'elusive' gravitational waves ...

MAGIC is officially approved by European Commission's Horizon2020 Programme ...

Welsh students recognised for smashing 1,000 mph Supersonic Cymru challenge using supercomputing skills ...

4th PRACE Implementation Phase project to hold kick-off meeting ...

Researchers find the 'key' to quantum network solution ...

How the brain makes decisions ...

CoolIT Systems successfully deploys liquid-cooled solution to Poznan Supercomputing & Networking Center in partnership with Huawei and Itprojekt ...

USFlash

Scientists from IBM Research and Australian Universities reveal new insight on the molecular structure of plants ...

IBM invests in WayBlazer and Sellpoints to advance Watson powered apps in online travel and shopping ...

University of Central Oklahoma selects Advanced Clustering to build 'Buddy' supercomputer ...

Parallella is building a supercomputer and you can help ...

Rescale launches ScaleX Enterprise for turn-key deployment of Cloud HPC and simulation platform ...

Computing at the speed of light ...

Application acceleration start-up Bitfusion named Disrupt 2015 Battlefield finalist, closes $1.45 million in seed funding ...

Cooling the Cloud: Binghamton Ph.D. student sets sights on improving data-centre efficiency ...

HP partners with Tsinghua to create a Chinese technology powerhouse ...

Cooling the Cloud: Binghamton Ph.D. student sets sights on improving data-centre efficiency


Jonathan Cohen, Binghamton University
21 May 2015 Binghamton - Data centres - large clusters of servers that power Cloud computing operations, e-commerce and more - are one of the largest and fastest-growing consumers of electricity in the United States. The industry has been shifting from open-air cooling of these facilities to increasingly complex systems that segregate hot air from cold air. When it comes to cost savings, there are definite advantages to the aisle containment systems, which have been estimated to save 30 percent of cooling energy - but it's not yet clear how they increase the risk of overheating, or how to design them for greatest safety and optimum energy efficiency.

That's what Husam Alissa, a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering, is trying to determine at Binghamton University's state-of-the-art Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems (ES2).

In a poster titled "Experimentally Guided Advances of Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling of Air-Cooled Data Centers in a Raised Floor Setting", which won a contest at a recent meeting of ES2's Industrial Advisory Board, Husam Alissa lays the foundations for a systematic analysis of Binghamton's new data centre, using both empirical research and computer modelling.

"We included some guidelines for the initial characterization of data centre facilities, such as air flow, turbulence, pressure, velocity, momentum and cooling capacity", stated Husam Alissa, who began his work in heat and mass transfer as an undergrad at the Hashemite University in Jordan and a master's student at Jordan University of Science and Technology. "There are certain things data centre modellers seem to oversimplify, and in order to effectively reduce the energy cost, it is important to create accurate models."

At a large data centre, the cost savings could be hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, which is why the solution is so important to ES2, a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center. Partners in ES2 include Georgia Tech, the University of Texas at Arlington and Villanova University, along with Bloomberg, Comcast, Facebook, Future Facilities, IBM, Intel, NYSERDA and Verizon.

In 2013, U.S. data centres consumed an estimated 91 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity - enough electricity to power all the households in New York City twice over, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. That figure is projected to reach 140 billion kilowatt-hours by 2020, dumping an electric bill of about $13 billion on American businesses.

During the next two years, Husam Alissa expects to refine his analysis, cycling back and forth between data collection and computational fluid dynamics, validating his models along the way.

"Husam has done a very good job establishing a strong technical base for this research", stated IBM Senior Engineer Ken Schneebeli, who served as a mentor on the poster, along with ES2 director Bahgat Sammakia; Future Facilities' Mark Seymour; IBM's Roger Schmidt; and Villanova's Alfonso Ortega. "This is a subject of critical business importance that has not yet been investigated at the university level or at the industry level, and Husam is establishing a basis to ably assert the accuracy of his modelling and methodologies. He has the patience, confidence and thoroughness to take on a project of this size."
Source: Binghamton University

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Primeur weekly 2015-05-26

Exascale supercomputing

House passes two Hultgren bills to promote technological innovation, manufacturing, "exascale" supercomputing ...

The Cloud

Mellanox collaborates with Supermicro to deliver CloudX-based hyper-converged infrastructure ...

IBM and United Business Group partner to accelerate hybrid Cloud adoption in Kuwait ...

IBM delivers broadest set of OpenStack services ...

EuroFlash

Transinsight wins German public tender for the National Academy of Sciences - Leopoldina for creating a semantic search engine on demographic change ...

Call for Papers: Women in HPC Workshop for early career researchers in HPC, in collaboration with ISC High Performance 2015 ...

Cardiff researchers join the hunt for 'elusive' gravitational waves ...

MAGIC is officially approved by European Commission's Horizon2020 Programme ...

Welsh students recognised for smashing 1,000 mph Supersonic Cymru challenge using supercomputing skills ...

4th PRACE Implementation Phase project to hold kick-off meeting ...

Researchers find the 'key' to quantum network solution ...

How the brain makes decisions ...

CoolIT Systems successfully deploys liquid-cooled solution to Poznan Supercomputing & Networking Center in partnership with Huawei and Itprojekt ...

USFlash

Scientists from IBM Research and Australian Universities reveal new insight on the molecular structure of plants ...

IBM invests in WayBlazer and Sellpoints to advance Watson powered apps in online travel and shopping ...

University of Central Oklahoma selects Advanced Clustering to build 'Buddy' supercomputer ...

Parallella is building a supercomputer and you can help ...

Rescale launches ScaleX Enterprise for turn-key deployment of Cloud HPC and simulation platform ...

Computing at the speed of light ...

Application acceleration start-up Bitfusion named Disrupt 2015 Battlefield finalist, closes $1.45 million in seed funding ...

Cooling the Cloud: Binghamton Ph.D. student sets sights on improving data-centre efficiency ...

HP partners with Tsinghua to create a Chinese technology powerhouse ...