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CFD Modeling for Data Center Cooling

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling is a valuable tool for understanding the movement of air through a data center, particularly as air-cooling infrastructure grows more complex. By using CFD analysis to eliminate hot spots, companies can lower energy consumption and reduce data center cooling costs.
Mark Fontecchio at has written a great new article on the subject, entitled “Can CFD modeling save your data center?”. Fontecchio examines the use of CFD analysis as a tool for analyzing both internal and external data center airflow.
In the article, Carl Pappalardo, IT systems engineer for Northeast Utilities, provides a first-hand account of how CFD analysis helped in optimizing their data center’s cooling efficiency. Allan Warn, a data center manager at ABN AMRO bank, also shares his thoughts on the value of renting vs. buying CFD modeling software. Fontecchio also includes insights from industry experts, including Ernesto Ferrer, a CFD engineer at Hewlett-Packard Co., and from yours truly, Pete Sacco.
For more information on data center cooling, download my White Paper, “Data Center Cooling Best Practices”, at (PDF format). You can also download additional publications, like Vendor White Papers, from the PTS Media Library.
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