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Wednesday, May 13 • 11:00am - 11:30am
BTDC: A Practical Demonstration of World Class Efficiency

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The Boden Type Data Center (BTDC) is an EU funded Horizon 2020 project with the key objective of demonstrating a range of technologies, creating a small scale OCP style data center that operates with extreme efficiency. This 500kW project includes a 150kW pod dedicated to the efficient operation of legacy Windmill OCP equipment. Additionally, a 150kW module is located in the ICE data center research facility at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden in LuleÂ, which houses Winterfell OCP equipment. The data centers are both equipped with EcoCooling direct fresh air ventilation units that contain supplemental evaporative function to provide cooling. This case study involves a live demonstration of the two data centers to show how new holistic process controls can be employed to minimize the energy used in providing an appropriate thermal environment for the servers and maintaining stable microprocessor operating conditions. One data center shows such stability under fluctuating workloads. The other data center highlights similar stability of microprocessor temperatures under varying supply temperatures, which reflects different climates. In both case the effectiveness of the cooling is exemplified by achieving PUE values of less than 1.01.

The workshop explains how such a performance can be achieved using OCP equipment with only software changes and simple inter-connectivity of the microprocessors, a custom server fan speed algorithm and the cooler control system. Consideration is given as to whether the demonstrated integrated approach could give OCP hardware a competitive advantage in emerging markets.

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Jon Summers

Scientific Leader in Data Centers, Research Institutes of Sweden
My main area of research these days is on thermal and energy management of the digital infrastructure. I have worked in a research environment focused on heat transfer from the chip to the chiller in the backdrop of using real IT equipment, which lead me to join RISE in the north... Read More →
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Jeffrey Sarkinen

Research Engineer, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
My area of interest is data centers with a focus on energy efficiency. Being involved in research projects has allowed to gain experience in data collection and monitoring, automatic control systems, data analysis and thermal management. I studied electrical engineering at the University... Read More →

Wednesday May 13, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am PDT
OCP Case Studies