"CoolSim 4 takes data centre design software to a completely new level", stated Paul Bemis, CEO of Applied Math Modeling. "For the first time, customers can quickly and accurately determine the total cost to operate their data centre, the maximum equipment loading for a given data centre, and the optimal placement of cooling and thermal loads - all in a cost-effective Cloud computing environment."
CoolSim 4 allows users to predict the effect of failed cooling units and the energy savings related to optimizing airflow using techniques such as containment (Hot-Aisle/Cold-Aisle) or reduced fan speeds. And because CoolSim 4 is highly scalable, data centre energy optimization occurs through the rapid manipulation of design parameters.
"We have realized for some time that to meet the needs of users in the data centre modelling market, the issues of large scale, parametric based energy optimization were important", stated Paul Bemis. "With CoolSim 4, we open the door to the next generation of truly predictive data centre modelling solutions."
Key features of CoolSim 4 include:
"I am thrilled to finally see a cost-effective CFD tool for rapidly analyzing the thermal environment in today's data centre that incorporates the new RTI, RCI, and PUE metrics", stated Dr. Magnus Herrlin, president of ANCIS Inc., a designer of indoor environmental and energy solutions for data centres. "This key capability will allow users to rapidly optimize their data centre designs for lowest possible energy consumption."
CoolSim 4 is based upon an all new model building environment, which improves user productivity by allowing models to be built in multiple concurrent views. Thus the data centre model can be constructed using both 2D and 3D views at the same time. The option to use multiple display monitors is also supported, offering additional on-screen real estate for building more accurate representations of the data centre.
Once built, the model is automatically submitted to a hosted high-performance computing (HPC) cluster for processing using ANSYS/FLUENT (CFD) technology. After the simulation is complete, HTML output reports and 3D visual images are produced and sent to the user. This mechanism allows users to perform multiple "what-if" studies of their data centres to determine the optimal placement of existing equipment, evaluate new or alternative designs, or visualize the effect of adding new equipment to an existing room.
Applied Math Modeling continues to drive down total cost-of-ownership (TCO) for customers by delivering CoolSim 4 using a hosted Software as a Service (SaaS) model that includes the software and the computational capacity to perform the complex CFD calculations.
"No longer do users have to pay the high annual license fees, or invest in expensive local computer servers to use a CFD based data center modeling tool", Paul Bemis stated. With CoolSim 4, users can leverage the same technology used in the aerospace and automotive markets at a fraction of the cost of 'local processing only' solutions." By using the CoolSim 4 subscription model, occasional users can select a usage plan that meets their specific needs.