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Using 3D infrared imaging to calibrate and refine computational fluid dynamic modeling for large computer and data centers
Author(s): Gregory R. Stockton
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Paper Abstract

Over the last 10 years, very large government, military, and commercial computer and data center operators have spent millions of dollars trying to optimally cool data centers as each rack has begun to consume as much as 10 times more power than just a few years ago. In fact, the maximum amount of data computation in a computer center is becoming limited by the amount of available power, space and cooling capacity at some data centers. Tens of millions of dollars and megawatts of power are being annually spent to keep data centers cool. The cooling and air flows dynamically change away from any predicted 3-D computational fluid dynamic modeling during construction and as time goes by, and the efficiency and effectiveness of the actual cooling rapidly departs even farther from predicted models. By using 3-D infrared (IR) thermal mapping and other techniques to calibrate and refine the computational fluid dynamic modeling and make appropriate corrections and repairs, the required power for data centers can be dramatically reduced which reduces costs and also improves reliability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 May 2011
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8013, Thermosense: Thermal Infrared Applications XXXIII, 80130I (10 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.886559
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Gregory R. Stockton, United Infrared, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8013:
Thermosense: Thermal Infrared Applications XXXIII
Morteza Safai; Jeff R. Brown, Editor(s)

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