London South Bank University (LSBU) has invested in modelling software to help make the research carried out by data centre design students more relevant to industry.
Before the software from Romonet was deployed, students on the LSBU's data centre design courses, such as Building Services Engineering and Sustainable Energy Systems, had to predict and evaluate data centre performance manually, using spreadsheets. As well as being time consuming, it was also difficult to ensure that the predictions were accurate.
Dr Issa Chaer at the LSBU said: "It's about enhancing students' experience [and giving them and] an overview of how the various systems in the data centre integrate together and the best way to save energy and reduce carbon emissions."
According to Chaer, the Romonet Software Suite allows students to perform simulations using data from actual environments to see how a data centre performs in the present and how it might perform in the future with different cooling technologies. The cost impact of making changes to the environments is also provided.
It can also be used to model different scenarios, and furthermore, students can look at information from older data centres to find out why they were inefficient.
The partnership with Romonet is an important bridge linking academia with industry, Chaer said.
"The software helps the students to better their understanding about data centres and prepare them for a career in data centre design," he said.
Meanwhile, Zahl Limbuwala, CEO of Romonet, said: "We hope that the data centre industry as a whole will benefit from the studies undertaken by London South Bank University; in particular the modelling work around the cooling technologies of today's facilities and more advanced approaches for the data centre of the future."
Students can access the software via desktops or the web browser.
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