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Sunday, Nov 15

11:30 A.M. – 9:00 P.M.

2:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Fluid Mechanics 101: Fundamentals of Cooling Airflow in a Data Center

This tutorial session will introduce basic concepts of air velocity, airflow rate, pressure, and temperature distribution as applied to raised-floor data centers. You will be shown why the flow distribution through the perforated tiles is usually not uniform. It is governed by the air velocity and pressure variation under the raised floor. By calculating this variation, you can predict the airflow coming out of each perforated tile.

Such a calculation allows you to study the effect of variables such as: layout of the CRAC units and the perforated tiles, the height of the raised floor, and the presence of obstructions under the raised floor.

Once the flow rates through the perf tiles are determined, the next step is to calculate, in the above-floor space, the air velocity and temperature as the air moves through the server racks and back to the CRAC units. Many examples will be presented to develop an understanding of the physical processes and to draw practical conclusions.

The tutorial will show how to create a computational model of a data center layout and calculate the corresponding airflow and temperature distribution.

Suhas V. Patankar, Ph.D.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of Minnesota
Innovative Research, Inc.

6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Welcome Reception


Join us for a reception with open bar accompanied by music. This is an excellent opportunity to dialogue with conference presenters, meet new people, network, welcome first time attendees, renew old acquaintances, and meet the board members.

Big Data and the Internet of Things: Boon or Bust for Your Cybersecurity Efforts?

Theresa Payton
Theresa Payton
Former White House CIO, Cybersecurity Authority, Expert on Identity Theft and the Internet of Things

Marketing databases, customer analytics and behavioral patterns are easier to manage with big data—but will these data elements be safe from hackers? And what is the impact of the Internet of Things? Payton will explain how to harness the power of big data and build your big data to achieve business goals while adding in safeguards to fight cybercriminals. She’ll also explain how the Internet of Things may be the ultimate driver of global change.

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