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Proceedings of BSO Conference 2020: Fifth Conference of IBPSA-England


Towards Energy Simulations for Proportionally Designed and Controlled Data Centers

Eric Mahendra Kumar, Erica Cochran, Wei Liang

Abstract: Expressing site-specific load profiles and hardware specifications that reflect the information technology (IT) processes inside data centers have always been a challenge to do either benchmarks of building energy performance or predictive controls. As a substitute, data center building models usually assume naive hour-day-week schedules that don’t align simulated operations with the weather profiles. This paper demonstrates a method towards using more representative load profiles in data center energy models by deriving the profiles based on global usage patterns of an internet platform. It is the first attempt to illustrate the coupling of an external signal with EnergyPlus as an indicator of IT load in a data center.
Pages: 341 - 348