Webinars & Presentations
Accessing Onboard Server Sensors for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers
October 25th | 1:00 PM ET - 2:30 PM ET | REGISTER NOW
A data center houses a compute infrastructure as well as support infrastructure such as cooling and electrical systems. All this equipment needs constant monitoring to operate cost effectively. Rather than using external server sensors for parameters such as intake air temperature and input power, existing internal (onboard) server sensors can be used. Such an approach has a number of benefits for data center management, including no need to purchase external sensor equipment, more granular readings, less maintenance, and overall lower costs.
Unfortunately, accessing onboard server sensor data is often not well understood. The objective of this webinar is to make this technology better known to help increase the use of onboard sensors and thereby be in a better position to manage both IT and facility energy.
Specifically, the training provides:
- Context and benefits of onboard sensor monitoring
- Overview of ENERGY STAR for computer servers
- Summary of key energy related server parameters
- Review of network protocols and interfaces
- Review the main categories of data center management solutions
- Examples of typical data center networking and DCIM tools.
This training provides complementary information to a previous four-part webinar series, which introduced a broad toolkit for identifying energy-saving opportunities in data centers. Putting this information in the hands of federal data center operators and energy managers enables achievement of statutory and administrative requirements to reduce their energy use and ensure energy resilience for critical infrastructure – both core FEMP objectives.
Tracking Data Center Efficiency: What PUE Can Say and Where We Can Look To Better Understand Energy Performance
November 4th | 12:30 PM ET - 2:00 PM ET | REGISTER NOW
LBNL will present its latest snapshot of efficiency in data centers, based on nearly 80 assessments of energy use and efficiency opportunities in data centers from 2003 to 2019. From those assessments, we report the standard metric for efficiency in data centers, Power Usage Effectiveness or PUE. We examine the relationship of average PUE to time, climate and data center type. In general, PUE has remained flat or declined slightly (suggesting an improvement in efficiency). Where we really see a decline is when PUE is weighted by IT capacity. That is, the larger the data center, the greater the likelihood that it is more efficient or that its efficiency has improved over time. Owners and operators of smaller data centers tend to have less time and access to capital, so smaller data centers present a tougher target for saving energy. Our data suggests that is still the case.
We will contextualize those findings on PUE with a discussion of its strengths and weaknesses as the key industry metric for efficiency. We will look at efforts to enrich the industry’s understanding of its energy use and emissions. The discussion will include alternative energy metrics and touch on the new Open Data Initiative called for in the Energy Act of 2020. The training will close with an invitation to industry actors to work with FEMP and LBNL on developing the primary use cases for ODI and identifying which variables and metrics best serve those use cases.
Explore the CoE's past webinars, on topics ranging from Air Management fundamentals to leveraging ESPC financing for data center energy efficiency projects.