You know you are a novice at a skillset when you bring along your tools and forget to use them. That would describe me and my blog. I had my camera for the Data Center Dynamics conference last week in San Francisco but forgot to take pictures, as I did too for the last several events I attended. But together with The Uptime Institute, we produced a video of the SVLG Data Center Summit 2008 event at Sun Microsystems on June 26th. You can see the 5 minute video here.
The above event was really well attended (over 700 people) and had a very positive energy because a lot of people know one another, and because the conference organizer (mostly Stephen Worn) creates an atmosphere of alliances wherever he can, frequently complimenting 7x24 members, Critical Facilities Roundtable's contributions, ASHRAE's milestones, and others. Stephen said in his brief intro that he'd like to go back to being an engineer, but gosh, I know few engineers that are as gregarious and inclusive as he is.
The overview presentation of the DOE ProTools for data centers was well delivered by Paul Matthew and Bill Tschudi of LBNL. It looks to me like it will take a good 10 hours to fill in their lengthy form because no single "Energy Czar" or "ENERGY Smurf" will have all the answers at her fingertips. Be prepared for it to be an iterative process with lots of requests for historical information.
Then I had to forego a presentation on the SVLG Data Center Summit 2008 event by Ray Pfeifer and Bruce Myatt in order to hear about the Lawrence Livermore Labs data center rebuild with Ron Hughes of California Data Center Design Group and Curt Tom, Data Center Manager at Lawrence Livermore Labs. It was fascinating.
Next I listened Vali Sorell PE, Associate Partner Critical Facilities - Syska Hennessy Group, talk about ASHRAE TC9.9. He made it sound like an exciting dynamic group. In an earlier blog I wrote that the TC9..9 participants must be half asleep and drugged to be taking so long to describe a wider range of approved temperatures (see my interview with Christian Beladi). As usual, the truth is somewhere in between, I suspect.
I also heard the presentation by Future Facilities and Jones Lang LaSalle titled "Why mathematical modeling is a necessity to manage the cooling/EE in today's Mission Critical Facilities, a Cisco Case study. For me it was informative but the audience really embraced the model. It is as if they were waiting for such a tool to be offered. Go Future Facilities!
After lunch I would VERY MUCH have liked to hear Phil Reese of IT Services at Stanford talk about Stanford hybrid ventilation design concept with chiller/air handler elimination. However, it conflicted with a panel I moderated with Mark Bramfitt of PG&E talking about rebates and incentives for data center energy efficiency, Rudy Krause, CEO of Validus talking about direct current's many fine attributes as they related to renewable energy resources, and Patrick Giardina of the US Army Corp of Engineers marketing private sector data centers to be built on retired US military bases. Patrick had some compelling offers to share with data center developers. Too bad most of the event's audience was in the Stanford presentation because I think we exposed some controversial topics and exciting opportunities. Have a green day!