Degree Controls, Inc. (DegreeC) recently announced the results of initial beta testing for the company's Adaptivcool airflow management technology, aimed at data centers and clean rooms. The company reports that, during the beta test, the Adaptivcool system successfully reduced the beta site's data center energy cost of cooling "by nearly twenty percent while eliminating two troublesome hotspots."
According to the company, the Adaptivcool system was designed to solve the problem of increasing heat loads and server heat density in today's data centers. The system was introduced this past January. "For months, we were asked about the extent to which Adaptivcool would reduce energy costs," reports Rajesh Nair, founder and CTO DegreeC. "Now, our beta test results confirm our original computer-simulation and laboratory predictions."
Walter Phelps, DegreeC's data center product manager, adds, "While visiting data centers in many different business sectors I've been asked the same question: How can I ensure thermal stability in a dynamic IT environment without major upgrades or reconfiguring - and shutting down - my IT racks? Adaptivcool has been designed specifically to improve cooling performance in both existing and new data centers without disruption."
In testing the system, the company says it took a "system-wide" approach to data center thermal management, whereby trained engineers considered the thermal and airflow performance of each component and subsystem in the data center.
Next, the complex interaction of the components was simulated. "Instead of a one-size-fits-all solution for all sites, DegreeC conducts a detailed analysis of each data center and provides a tailored solution for each location," explains Nair.
The company contends that its Adaptivcool system eliminates hot spots in real-time and can lower cooling costs by 20 to 30%. Requiring no alterations to a data center's configuration, the system is designed to provide 24-7 temperature monitoring at critical locations in a data center.
According to the company, the system's temperature sensors send information to a sophisticated thermal controller that calculates minute-by-minute cooling demand and dynamically controls data center airflow via unobtrusive floor-and ceiling-mounted air handlers. By directing cool air to the appropriate equipment and returning the hot exhaust air back to the CRACs, the system solves one of the crucial issues in cooling high-density IT racks, i.e. preventing the mixing of cool and hot air in the data center.