Free cooling: A paradigm shift in data centers

Michael Pawlish, Aparna S. Varde

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Abstract

The crossroads of sustainable development and data centers are examined due to the growing demand for electricity, and the increasing size of the carbon footprint of data centers worldwide. Free cooling involves using the natural climate to cool the data center as opposed to the more traditional method of using conventional systems such as air-conditioning. In our research, we consider retrofitting a data center as a complex decision-making problem. Case based reasoning and decision trees are two widely used techniques in the area of decision support. We propose to employ these two techniques in the framework of sustainable development to assist decision makers in the evolving design of data centers, with specific reference to free cooling.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2010 5th International Conference on Information and Automation for Sustainability, ICIAfS 2010
Pages347-352
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2010
Event2010 5th International Conference on Information and Automation for Sustainability, ICIAfS 2010 - Colombo, Sri Lanka
Duration: 17 Dec 201019 Dec 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2010 5th International Conference on Information and Automation for Sustainability, ICIAfS 2010

Other

Other2010 5th International Conference on Information and Automation for Sustainability, ICIAfS 2010
CountrySri Lanka
CityColombo
Period17/12/1019/12/10

Keywords

  • Case based reasoning
  • Decision support systems
  • Decision trees
  • Free cooling
  • Green computing
  • Sustainability

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    Pawlish, M., & Varde, A. S. (2010). Free cooling: A paradigm shift in data centers. In Proceedings of the 2010 5th International Conference on Information and Automation for Sustainability, ICIAfS 2010 (pp. 347-352). [5715685] (Proceedings of the 2010 5th International Conference on Information and Automation for Sustainability, ICIAfS 2010). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICIAFS.2010.5715685