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Improving Cooling Performance in Data Centers – Air management makes all the difference

Mission Critical – Cover Story, Spring 2008

Author:

Kishor Khankari

Abstract:

Proper management of cold and hot air streams in the data center is important not only for improving cooling performance but also for energy-efficient cooling operation. There are several ways to optimize the cooling performance of existing and new facilities; however, the best approach is often not intuitive. Computational fluid dynamics analysis has proven to be an effective tool in testing “what if” strategies in a virtual data center before making modifications to existing designs or building a new facility. This article demonstrates an example of how proper air management can improve the cooling performance of data centers.

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    About the author

    Dr. Kishor Khankari

    ASHRAE Fellow, ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer

    Dr Kishor Khankari is the founder of AnSight LLC. As a specialist in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), his passion for solving engineering problems and providing sound scientific solutions has led to innovations and optimized designs in the industry.

    A noted expert in his field, he has a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and has published in several technical journals and trade magazines. As a well sought-after speaker Dr. Khankari makes regular presentations in various technical conferences and professional meetings worldwide.

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