A Microscope for the Data Center
Ref: CISTER-TR-130501 Publication Date: 2015
A Microscope for the Data CenterRef: CISTER-TR-130501 Publication Date: 2015
Nowadays, data centers are large energy consumers and the trend for next years is expected to increase further, considering the growth in the order of cloud services. A large portion of this power consumption is due to the control of physical parameters of the data center (such as temperature and humidity). However, these physical parameters are tightly coupled with computations, and even more so in upcoming data centers, where the location of workloads can vary substantially due, for example, to workloads being moved in the cloud infrastructure hosted in the data center. Therefore, managing the physical and compute infrastructure of a large data center is an embodiment of a Cyber-Physical System (CPS). In this paper, we describe a data collection and distribution architecture that enables gathering physical parameters of a large data center at a very high temporal and spatial resolution of the sensor measurements. We think this is an important characteristic to enable more accurate heat-flow models of the data center and with them, find opportunities to optimize energy consumptions. Having a high-resolution picture of the data center conditions, also enables minimizing local hot-spots, perform more accurate predictive maintenance (failures in all infrastructure equipments can be more promptly detected) and more accurate billing. We detail this architecture and define the structure of the underlying messaging system that is used to collect and distribute the data. Finally, we show the results of a preliminary study of a typical data center radio environment.
Published in International Journal of Sensor Networks (IJSNet), Inderscience, Edited: Prof. Yang Xiao, Volume 18, Issue 3/4, pp 193-203.
Notes: An extended version of a conference publication titled "Building a Microscope for the Data Center" (ref. HURRAY-TR-120704)
7th International Conference on Wireless Algorithms, Systems and Applications (WASA 2012)