September 13th, 2011 By: Colleen Miller
The fall meeting of AFCOM’s Data Center World brought participants from all sectors such government, entertainment and manufacturing to the Orlando World Center Marriott and Convention Center.
Red Sky, a high performance computer at Sandia National Laboratories, is saving considerable energy (37 percent) over its predecessor, Thunderbird. Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, manages Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. There. the Department of Energy uses multiple supercomputers to research energy innovations, such as turning biomass into a usable fuel as an alternative to fossil fuels. Its Red Sky supercomputer uses Glacier doors for rack-based refrigerant cooling.
Intel Corp.’s William Carter elaborated on server parking, or putting servers in a suspended state when they are not under workload, which can lead to considerable energy savings. When small amounts energy savings are multiplied over many servers, the total reduction in power use can be significant. He noted that there has been industry resistance to the practice, but as technology and software evolves it has become a viable practice.