Mission Critical Facilities, Data Centers, Technology Spaces and Electronic Equipment
ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.9

Meetings Information

TC 9.9 has identified the following technical programs at the Las Vegas Winter 2017 Meeting that is of interest to the data center community:

Sunday, January 29, 2017


Sunday, January 29, 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Conference Paper Session 2:  
Modern Optimization Techniques for Hydronic Systems in Data Centers

Track: Mission Critical Design and Operation
Chair: Adrian Wallace, Johnson Controls, Milwaukee, WI

This session discusses several case studies and applications investigating energy consumption and savings techniques for data centers. While addressing the environmental impact of data centers and how to reduce their carbon footprint, the session considers the life cycle approach to data center operation and further the conversation by considering various types of cooling systems available, their configurations and the layout of the space being served in order to most effectively and efficiently maintain that mission critical space.

Energy and Water Environmental Trade-Offs of Data Center Cooling Technologies (LV-17-C004), Sophia Flucker, CEng (1), Beth Whitehead, Ph.D. (1), Robert Tozer, Ph.D., Member (1) and Deborah Andrews, Ph.D. (2), (1) Operational Intelligence Ltd., Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom, (2) London South Bank University, London, United Kingdom

Thermosyphon Cooler Hybrid System for Water Savings in an Energy-Efficient HPC Data Center: Modeling and Installation (LV-17-C005), Thomas Carter, P.E., Member (1), David Sickinger, Associate Member (2), Zan Liu, Ph.D., Associate Member (1), Kevin Regimbal (2) and David Martinez (3), (1) Johnson Controls, Waynesboro, PA, (2) National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO, (3) Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM

Case Study:Using Simulation Techniques to Optimize Migrations in an Existing Mission Critical Data Center (LV-17-C006), Christian Pastrana, P.E., Member, Citigroup, New York, NY


Sunday, January 29, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Seminar 14:  Data Driven Energy Auditing, Measurement and Verification

Track: Building Operation and Performance
Sponsor: 7.5 Smart Building Systems, 7.6 Building Energy Performance, TC 7.6
Chair: Xin Hu, Ph.D., P.E., PG&E Company, San Francisco, CA

This seminar provides an overview of several building energy software programs for commercial buildings (including officers, schools, and data centers) in both the U.S. and China. These programs were developed to collect energy data, provide enhanced visualization, perform energy analytics, benchmark and identify savings opportunities, quantify savings impacts, and support an ongoing commissioning process in actual facilities. Several real-world project examples are provided to illustrate how these tools will be used and what benefits they bring to the industry.

Using Analytics Platforms to Continuously Evaluate Buildings and Drive Persistent Savings, Ryan Hoest, P.E., BEAP, Member, EcoVox, Inc, San Luis Obispo, CA

A Smart Data Center Energy Expert System for Automatic Measurement, Energy Audit and Energy Efficiency Improvement, 
Wenli Yu, BEAP (1) and Liangcai Tan, Ph.D., P.E., BEAP and HBDP, Member (2), (1) Archimedes Controls Corp, Palo Alto, CA, (2) HDR Architecture Inc, San Francisco, CA

Using Advanced Energy Management System for Automatic Energy Audit in China, Hui Li, Ph.D., P.E., BEAP, Member, Shenzhen Secom Tech. Ltd, China, Shenzhen, China 


Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Tuesday, January 31, 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Seminar 42:  
Power and Cooling Considerations for Back of Rack Ecosystems within the Data Center

Track: Mission Critical Design and Operation
Sponsor: 9.9 Mission Critical Facilities, Data Centers, Technology Spaces and Electronic Equipment
Chair: Nick Gangemi, Northern Air Systems, Rochester, NY

IT equipment power and cooling trends continue to push the limits in the industry, primarily due to packaging density, high performance computing, and mass scale out deployment. The challenges associated with supporting these increasing trends is further exacerbated with the additional pain points of deploying the associated ‘Back of Rack Ecosystems”, i.e. power and networking solutions. This seminar presents the existing challenges in deploying rack level infrastructure solutions, and the associated best practices and considerations that must be implemented.

Rack Level Power Solutions and Its Associated Challenges and Deployment Best Practices, Jon Fitch, Ph.D., Dell Inc, Round Rock, TX

Top of Rack Networking Solutions and Its Associated Challenges and Deployment Best Practices, Dave Moss, Dell Inc., Round Rock, TX

IT Equipment Exhaust-Side Deployment Challenges and Considerations, Dustin Demetriou, Ph.D., IBM, Poughkeepsie, NY

Tuesday, January 31, 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Seminar 54:
Cutting-Edge Japanese Technologies SHASE Annual Award for HVAC System and Equipment in 2016

Track: HVAC&R Systems and Equipment
Chair: Shinsuke Kato, Dr.Ing., University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science, Tokyo, Japan

This session introduces three different types of buildings. One is a suburb-type Zero-Energy office building, which introduces PV, biomass generation, lithium batteries, a wood-pellet boiler etc. Another is a medium-sized office building, housing an efficient data center and an experimental R&D facility, where cost-effective ITC technology applications are effectively designed and installed. The third is a dormitory for an oil and petroleum company. A gas-fired cogeneration system is also installed to power an electricity, hot water supply, road heating and bath room dryer system. This equipment is well designed around the BCP (business continuity planning) concept.

Symbiosis with Nature and the Achievement of Japan's First ZEB, Naofumi Imaida, Shimizu Corporation, Tokyo, Japan

Implementation of Environment-Friendly Office Building with High-Efficiency Data Center, Yosuke Mino, P.E., NTT FACILITIES, INC., Tokyo, Japan


Tuesday, January 31, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Seminar 59: Recent Research in Data Center Cooling

Track: Mission Critical Design and Operation
Sponsor: 4.10 Indoor Environmental Modeling, 9.9 Mission Critical Facilities, Data Centers, Technology Spaces and Electronic Equipment
Chair: Nick Gangemi, Northern Air Systems, Rochester, NY

Recent research in data center cooling is changing our thinking about designing and operating facilities for maximum efficiency and thermal performance and keeping pace with recent infrastructure changes such as air containment and a move to modular systems. This seminar re-considers PUE and energy efficiency, introduces a counterintuitive approach to containment, reveals recent work in designing for uniform tile airflow and discusses the thermal design implications of new modular systems.

Does Designing and Operating an Efficient Data Center Guarantee Performance?, Mark Seymour, CEng, Member, Future Facilities Ltd, London, United Kingdom

Computer Room Air-Handler Bypass: A Novel Approach for Reducing the Cooling Infrastructure Power Consumption in Air-Cooled Data Centers, Ezzat Khalifa, Ph.D., Fellow ASHRAE, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Evaluation of Strategies for Uniform Airflow through Perforated Tiles in Data Centers, Cheng-Xian (Charlie) Lin, Ph.D., Member, Florida International University, Miami, FL

Thermal Design of Modular Mission Critical Systems, James VanGilder, P.E., Member, Schneider Electric, Andover, MA


Tuesday, January 31, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Las Vegas Convention Center, Room TBD

CLASS: IT Equipment Design Evolution & Data Center Operation Optimization (Code 77)

Instructor(s): Don Beaty, P.E. , Member ASHRAE 
Roger Schmidt, Ph.D., P.E. , Member ASHRAE 

Non-Member Price: $184
ASHRAE Member Price: $139

IT manufacturers are continually responding to customer demands. Depending on the market sector, the demands call for IT equipment that is lower cost, more energy efficient, provides more storage, and provides more computing capabilities. This result is continued, significant changes in hardware, including the hardware operating conditions.

As IT equipment design evolves in response to customer needs, operational feedback is also received which, in turn, continues the evolution and optimization. In recent years, the amount of operational data received combined with its analysis by the IT manufacturers has led to some surprising and important discoveries. In some cases, even unintended consequences have resulted.

These changes in the IT hardware operation will require operational changes to data centers to achieve the maximum efficiency within the ASHRAE environmental envelopes of relative humidity, temperature and IT equipment power.

This course describes the changing IT equipment and its impact on data center operating conditions. The course also shares important insight resulting from the hard work in these areas by ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.9 Mission Critical Facilities, Data Centers, Technology Spaces, and Electronic Equipment.


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