Thermal Guidelines and Temperature Measurements in Data Centers  

Education Type: 
Live Online
1.5 Hours
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
0.2 CEU

Accurate and cost-effective temperature management in data centers is not only important for air management and overall energy efficiency but also for thermal management of the IT equipment. The latter is a proxy for IT equipment reliability and longevity. Therefore, the return on investment from temperature management is often very high. This webinar is presented by the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) sponsored Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Specifically, the training provides:

  1. Context of thermal management in data centers;
  2. Generalized thermal best practices;
  3. Importance of accurate temperature measurements;
  4. Rules for limiting sensor hardware and labor costs; and
  5. Accurate low-density temperature probe configurations.

This training provides complementary information to a previous four-part webinar series, which introduced a broad toolkit for identifying energy-saving opportunities in data centers. Putting this information in the hands of federal data center operators and energy managers enables achievement of statutory and administrative requirements to reduce their energy use and ensure energy resilience for critical infrastructure – both core FEMP objectives.


Steve Greenberg, Senior Energy Management Engineer in the High Tech and Industrial Systems Group, LBNL  

Steve Greenberg has researched and applied energy-efficient building and industrial systems for a variety of clients on three continents over the past 27 years. He has been involved in design, design review, commissioning, and retrofit of commercial and industrial buildings and performed detailed energy assessments on multiple federal data centers. Steve holds a BS in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in energy and resources--both from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a registered mechanical engineer in California. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council and a Certified Energy Manager.

Magnus Herrlin, Principal Scientific Engineering Associate in the High Tech & Industrial Systems Group, LBNL  

Magnus Herrlin is the president of ANCIS Inc. and has been the program lead for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) training program since 2009. The objective of this certificate program is to raise the standards of those involved in energy assessments of data centers. ANCIS develops advanced indoor environmental and energy solutions for facilities in general and for mission-critical facilities in particular. Over a 30-year career, Magnus has developed energy modeling tools and modeled building energy in commercial and residential structures. He has published or contributed to many papers, reports, and standards chiefly concerning thermal management, energy management, mechanical system design and operation, and IT equipment reliability for data centers and telecom central offices.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar, attendees will:

  • Explore generalized thermal best-practices for data centers.
  • Comprehend the importance of accurate temperature measurements at the IT equipment.
  • Identify ways to limit sensor hardware and labor costs to avoid foregoing temperature measurements all together due to cost concerns.
  • Examine accurate low-density temperature sensor configurations on the IT equipment racks.
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