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2answers
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How to simulate air flow in a datacenter? [closed]

I have an idea for a datacenter architecture which, I believe, would be very effective in terms of passive cooling. I need to do air flow simulations to be sure that the idea is as great as I ...
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1answer
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I'm considering using a Mineral-oil as a coolant for a submerged server. What fire precautions should I take?

I'm investigating different ways to safely and efficiently cool down one of our servers that uses two GPU cards for intense renderings that takes hours to complete. The overall system wattage is ...
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2answers
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Wattage Per Square Feet as a Measurement

I am used to looking at collocation providers where in U.S. are given as AMPs per rack (assuming 120V). I am looking into a place that rents space for servers which is listed as: "250 Watts per ...
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2answers
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Using 48v for servers

I'm currently in the middle of a process to specify and design a new server environment for graphics and video rendering. We know we want to use blades, and we're pretty sure of our vendor decisions. ...
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7answers
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Why datacenter water cooling is not widespread?

From what I read and hear about datacenters, there are not too many server rooms which use water cooling, and none of the largerst datacenters use water cooling (correct me if I'm wrong). Also, it's ...
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3answers
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how many blade enclosures can you fit in a rack?

Considering the power and cooling requirements of HP's or IBM's newest blade (10U) chassis fully stacked, how many of them can you fit in a standard size rack (42 U) ?
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Determining amount and cost of cooling needed

I have a system that is using 2.02kWh per day, and I'm trying to figure out its heat output, cooling needs, and cooling cost. I've worked it all out to the point of determining the amount of cooling ...
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3answers
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Server Room Temperature Control - Does anyone have a similar setup?

Our Server room is located in the middle of our building and has no access to a window or outside ventilation. I had a quote done by a local heating/air conditioning company to install a room specific ...
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6answers
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Data Center Design and Preferences

When either selecting a data center as a co-location facility or designing a new one from scratch, what would your ideal specification be? Fundamentally, diversified power sources, multiple ISPs, ...
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7answers
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Power and Cooling Cost compared with Server/Hardware Cost

Has anyone done, or is aware of any, calculations to compare the cost of power and cooling compared to the cost of hardware (servers) in a typical data center? This is to compute a true total cost of ...
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2answers
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How can you predict the amount of cooling needed for a particular piece of equipment?

Every summer we have to shut down some equipment due to a combination of outside temperature and high load. The air conditioners just can't keep up. As we cycle in new equipment and cycle out old, ...