June 22–26, 2014
Leipzig, Germany

Presentation Details

Name: Air is an Insulator: Adventures in Sustainable Computing
Time: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
02:45 pm - 03:15 pm
Room:   Hall 1
CCL - Congress Center Leipzig
Speaker:   Steve Hammond, NREL
Abstract:   In this talk we present NREL's holistic approach to data center energy efficiency. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) completed construction of a new warm-water, liquid cooled data center in late 2012. This data center is designed to achieve an annualized average PUE of 1.06. It uses evaporative cooling rather than mechanical chillers and the waste heat generated by the HPC system is captured and used as the primary heat source for the building office space and laboratories. The new data center cost less to build than comparable data centers and will cost less to operate. We will share our 18 months of experience with liquid cooling, lessons learned along the way, and some thoughts about the future.