Accessing Onboard Server Sensors for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers  

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

A data center houses a compute infrastructure as well as support infrastructure such as cooling and electrical systems. All this equipment needs constant monitoring to operate cost effectively. Rather than using external server sensors for parameters such as intake air temperature and input power, existing internal (onboard) server sensors can be used. Such an approach has a number of benefits for data center management, including no need to purchase external sensor equipment, more granular readings, less maintenance, and overall lower costs. Unfortunately, accessing onboard server sensor data is often not well understood. The objective of this webinar is to make this technology better known to help increase the use of onboard sensors and thereby be in a better position to manage both IT and facility energy.

Specifically, the training provides:

  1. Context and benefits of onboard sensor monitoring;
  2. Overview of ENERGY STAR for computer servers;
  3. Summary of key energy related server parameters;
  4. Review of network protocols and interfaces;
  5. Review the main categories of data center management solutions; and
  6. Examples of typical data center networking and DCIM tools.

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. 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.


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 training, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the ENERGY STAR for Computer Server document from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and key server parameters for energy efficiency work;
  • Recognize network protocols and interfaces, which play an important role in pulling out the onboard sensor data;
  • Recognize the major categories of Data Center Management Solutions that can be used for accessing the server and its onboard sensor data; and
  • Identify the many options for readily available Data Center Management Solutions.
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