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Title: Yahoo! Compute Coop (YCC). A Next-Generation Passive Cooling Design for Data Centers

Abstract

The purpose of the Yahoo! Compute Coop (YCC) project is to research, design, build and implement a greenfield "efficient data factory" and to specifically demonstrate that the YCC concept is feasible for large facilities housing tens of thousands of heat-producing computing servers. The project scope for the Yahoo! Compute Coop technology includes: - Analyzing and implementing ways in which to drastically decrease energy consumption and waste output. - Analyzing the laws of thermodynamics and implementing naturally occurring environmental effects in order to maximize the "free-cooling" for large data center facilities. "Free cooling" is the direct usage of outside air to cool the servers vs. traditional "mechanical cooling" which is supplied by chillers or other Dx units. - Redesigning and simplifying building materials and methods. - Shortening and simplifying build-to-operate schedules while at the same time reducing initial build and operating costs. Selected for its favorable climate, the greenfield project site is located in Lockport, NY. Construction on the 9.0 MW critical load data center facility began in May 2009, with the fully operational facility deployed in September 2010. The relatively low initial build cost, compatibility with current server and network models, and the efficient use of power and water aremore » all key features that make it a highly compatible and globally implementable design innovation for the data center industry. Yahoo! Compute Coop technology is designed to achieve 99.98% uptime availability. This integrated building design allows for free cooling 99% of the year via the building's unique shape and orientation, as well as server physical configuration.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Yahoo! Inc., Sunnyvale, CA
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
1024347
Report Number(s):
DOE/EE0002899-1
TRN: US201120%%32
DOE Contract Number:  
EE0002899
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; AIR; AVAILABILITY; BUILDING MATERIALS; COMPATIBILITY; CONFIGURATION; CONSTRUCTION; DESIGN; ENERGY CONSUMPTION; ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS; OPERATING COST; ORIENTATION; SCHEDULES; SHAPE; THERMODYNAMICS; WASTES; WATER; data center; outside air cooling; passive cooling; PUE; compute coup; free cooling

Citation Formats

Robison, AD, Page, Christina, and Lytle, Bob. Yahoo! Compute Coop (YCC). A Next-Generation Passive Cooling Design for Data Centers. United States: N. p., 2011. Web. doi:10.2172/1024347.
Robison, AD, Page, Christina, & Lytle, Bob. Yahoo! Compute Coop (YCC). A Next-Generation Passive Cooling Design for Data Centers. United States. doi:10.2172/1024347.
Robison, AD, Page, Christina, and Lytle, Bob. Wed . "Yahoo! Compute Coop (YCC). A Next-Generation Passive Cooling Design for Data Centers". United States. doi:10.2172/1024347. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1024347.
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author = {Robison, AD and Page, Christina and Lytle, Bob},
abstractNote = {The purpose of the Yahoo! Compute Coop (YCC) project is to research, design, build and implement a greenfield "efficient data factory" and to specifically demonstrate that the YCC concept is feasible for large facilities housing tens of thousands of heat-producing computing servers. The project scope for the Yahoo! Compute Coop technology includes: - Analyzing and implementing ways in which to drastically decrease energy consumption and waste output. - Analyzing the laws of thermodynamics and implementing naturally occurring environmental effects in order to maximize the "free-cooling" for large data center facilities. "Free cooling" is the direct usage of outside air to cool the servers vs. traditional "mechanical cooling" which is supplied by chillers or other Dx units. - Redesigning and simplifying building materials and methods. - Shortening and simplifying build-to-operate schedules while at the same time reducing initial build and operating costs. Selected for its favorable climate, the greenfield project site is located in Lockport, NY. Construction on the 9.0 MW critical load data center facility began in May 2009, with the fully operational facility deployed in September 2010. The relatively low initial build cost, compatibility with current server and network models, and the efficient use of power and water are all key features that make it a highly compatible and globally implementable design innovation for the data center industry. Yahoo! Compute Coop technology is designed to achieve 99.98% uptime availability. This integrated building design allows for free cooling 99% of the year via the building's unique shape and orientation, as well as server physical configuration.},
doi = {10.2172/1024347},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Jul 20 00:00:00 EDT 2011},
month = {Wed Jul 20 00:00:00 EDT 2011}
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