October Meeting and ORNL Site Tour

ETC AEE member David Grant will be presenting to us on the 12th. His topic is "HPC Data Center Cooling Design Considerations." A site tour of ORNL will follow on the 26th. Reservations must be made by October 19th. Please email the Webmaster to reserve your spot. Click here for more info. 


This presentation will discuss the new ASHRAE Standard 90.4 – Energy Standard for Data Centers.  In addition, design features, types of equipment,  best practices, and lessons learned will be discussed, all in the interest of making a data center more efficient.  A design overview of the cooling systems for “Summit” (the next supercomputer) will be given in anticipation of an October 26th site visit to ORNL open to ETC AEE members. 


David Grant graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2003 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  He has been at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for 7 years where he has been involved with the design, construction, and operation of the mechanical systems supporting the Computational Facilities Complex which operates the Titan Super Computer.  ORNL has over 18,000 tons of cooling capacity in its chilled water system and over 100,000 square feet of data center space.  He is currently a co-chair of the Energy Efficient HPC Working Group Infrastructure sub-team and is a corresponding member of ASHRAE TC9.9.  David is also holds these energy-management related certifications:  Certified Energy Manager (CEM) from the Association of Energy Engineers and Data Center Energy Practitioner – Specialist (DCEP) from the Department of Energy.