Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Non-ME Seminar


Data Center Trends and High Performance Computing


Mr. Roger Schmidt


IBM Fellow Emeritus


Monday, April 6, 2015 at 11:00:00 AM


TSRB Auditorium, Technology Square Building


Dr(s). Yogendra Joshi and Ron Hutchins


Data centers continue to evolve in support of the current world wide trends in cloud, analytics, and mobile applications. Trends toward larger data centers will continue with power levels reaching unprecedented values of up to 1000 watts/ft2, especially for those data centers that are classified as high performance computing. These trends in power coupled with the changes in environmental requirements for Information Technology (IT) equipment that allow for more use of economizer techniques and less use of chillers makes data center design and operation more and more of a challenge. The latest in best practices for the data center will be described along with the environmental trends in data centers. Several designs for high performance computing environments will be described along with some aspects of current liquid cooled HPC IT equipment.


Dr. Roger R. Schmidt, IBM Fellow Emeritus, National Academy of Engineering Member, IBM Academy of Technology Member and ASME Fellow, has over 35 years experience in engineering and engineering management in the thermal design of IBM’s large scale computers. He was IBM’s Chief Engineer on Data Center Energy Efficiency. He has led development teams in cooling mainframes, client/servers, parallel processors and test equipment utilizing such cooling mediums as air, water, and refrigerants. He led IBM’s Advanced Thermal Energy Efficiency Lab which develops advanced electronic cooling technologies and provides customer support for power and cooling issues in data centers. He has published more than 100 technical papers and has over 125 patents/patent pending in the area of electronic cooling. He is co-founder and past chair of the ASHRAE TC9.9 committee