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Data Center Case Studies Focus of ASHRAE Book
May 21, 2008

Case studies and guidance on cooling data centers is available in a new book from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), High Density Data Centers — Case Studies and Best Practices, which was written by ASHRAE’s technical committee on mission control facilities, technology spaces and electronic equipment.

Data centers are becoming increasingly more difficult to adequately cool, due to increased datacom performance that results in increased heat dissipation. Even though performance has increased at a more rapid rate than power, the power required and the resulting heat dissipated by the datacom equipment is putting a strain on data centers.

Case studies featured in the book include the National Center for Environmental Prediction, the IBM Test Facility in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the San Diego Supercomputer Center, the Lawrence Livermore National Lab Data Center, the NYC Financial Services Data Center, the Georgia Institute of Technology Data Center, the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Data Center and the Hewlett-Packard Richardson Datacoolâ„¢ Data Center.

The book is part of the ASHRAE Datacom Series, developed to provide a more comprehensive treatment of datacom cooling and related subjects.

The cost of High Density Data Centers — Case Studies and Best Practices is $54 (ASHRAE members, $43). To order, contact ASHRAE Customer Service at 1-800-527-4723 (United States and Canada) or 404-636-8400 (worldwide), fax 404-321-5478, or visit at

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