[Beowulf] Google greywater cooling
prentice at ias.edu
Fri Mar 23 09:59:37 EDT 2012
On 03/22/2012 11:04 AM, Mark Hahn wrote:
> I grew up in a city cooled by a central evaporative water-chilling plant,
> so I'm always surprised how unusual this sort of project is.
> does anyone have comments on how to enable/encourage/foster less
> conventional datacenter engineering?
> I've participated in two DC projects, and both went with safe, boring
> and inefficient solutions, simply because power costs weren't high enough
> to motivate any deviation from utter conventionality. power costs are
> somewhat hidden on uni campuses, and people involved are very, extremely,
> I suppose part of the problem is in retrofitting a green DC into
> existing buildings - it's a lot easier if you can plan a new building
> to, for instance, take advantage of waste heat.
I think you need to get the bean-counters involved, and sell them on the
money savings, not just the planet savings.
Princeton University just completed contruction of their
High-Performance Computing Research Center (HPCRC. The name is a
complete misnomer - its a production datacenter that houses ALL
university computing, not just HPC, and it's not a research center).
It's a pretty amazing building, and is shooting for some level of LEED
certification. To me, the place looks like an over-engineered monster
(I've toured it several times), but the engineers giving the tours
always point out many different ways the datacenter is both saving the
planet and saving the university a lot of money at the same time.
They've done an amazing job with it, and I think that the end of the
day, the monetary savings is what made it happen.
I know there are some lurkers from PU on this list who are involved with
the HPCRC. Maybe they'll pipe up on this topic.
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