Abstract: Data centers have evolved dramatically in recent years, due to the advent of social networking services, e-commerce and cloud computing. The conflicting requirements are the high availability levels demanded against the low sustainability impact and cost values. The approaches that evaluate and optimize these requirements are essential to support designers of data center architectures. Our work aims to propose an integrated approach to estimate and optimize these issues with the support of the developed environment, Mercury. Mercury is a tool for dependability, performance and energy flow evaluation. The tool supports reliability block diagrams (RBD), stochastic Petri nets (SPNs), continuous-time Markov chains (CTMC) and energy flow (EFM) models. The EFM verifies the energy flow on data center architectures, taking into account the energy efficiency and power capacity that each device can provide (assuming power systems) or extract (considering cooling components). The EFM also estimates the sustainability impact and cost issues of data center architectures. Additionally, a methodology is also considered to support the modeling, evaluation and optimization processes. Two case studies are presented to illustrate the adopted methodology on data center power systems.
Keywords: sustainability; energy consumption; exergy; dependability; optimization
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Callou, G.; Ferreira, J.; Maciel, P.; Tutsch, D.; Souza, R. An Integrated Modeling Approach to Evaluate and Optimize Data Center Sustainability, Dependability and Cost. Energies 2014, 7, 238-277.
Callou G, Ferreira J, Maciel P, Tutsch D, Souza R. An Integrated Modeling Approach to Evaluate and Optimize Data Center Sustainability, Dependability and Cost. Energies. 2014; 7(1):238-277.
Callou, Gustavo; Ferreira, João; Maciel, Paulo; Tutsch, Dietmar; Souza, Rafael. 2014. "An Integrated Modeling Approach to Evaluate and Optimize Data Center Sustainability, Dependability and Cost." Energies 7, no. 1: 238-277.