Optimizing the Efficiency of the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center Facility

08/02/2012 - 6:00pm
FL-1001, Small Seminar Room
Jason Jones


Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) is a metric created by The Green Grid™ to rate data centers’ power efficiency.  The goal of these facilities is to maximize computing power while minimizing the amount of energy required by the supporting systems such as heating and cooling.  PUE is defined as the ratio of the Total Facility Power to the IT Equipment Power required by the data center.  This ratio provides a quantitative value to determine how effective a data center is at performing computational tasks while achieving minimal non-computational power requirements.  One of the major goals of the new NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) is to be a world leader in energy efficiency and attain the best PUE rating possible through efficient and sustainable building design.  The scope of this project is to determine NWSC’s PUE rating through collecting and analyzing data via the integrated building automation system (BAS) and provide additional methods of improving the facility’s overall PUE rating.