Shutter control for cooling air flow management in data center servers

Tomomichi Noguchi, Janaka Wijekoon, Yogendra Joshi, Minami Yoda, Hiroaki Nishi

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3 Citations (Scopus)


The growth of energy consumption in data centers is becoming one of the significant problems all over the world. The power usage of IT devices and air-conditioning (AC) units accounts for up to three-quarters of total energy consumption in typical data centers. This study discusses the effectiveness of using shutter-controlled air flow management to control cold air flow into the servers. It can impact the power consumption of both, the servers and the AC units. A raised floor data center has two types of aisles - cold and hot. In most cases, excessive volumes of cold air are pumped into the servers using cold aisles. We are proposing the utilization of a shutter to control the air flow and reduce wastage while preventing damage due to increased CPU temperature. The shutter is intended to control the air flow and maintain the temperature appropriately according to the workload of the servers. We evaluated the proposed system for controlling the flow of air into the servers. The results show that cold air volumes can be reduced by up to 92% while maintaining appropriate control of CPU temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IECON 2016 - 42nd Annual Conference of the Industrial Electronics Society
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509034741
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 21
Event42nd Conference of the Industrial Electronics Society, IECON 2016 - Florence, Italy
Duration: 2016 Oct 242016 Oct 27

Publication series

NameIECON Proceedings (Industrial Electronics Conference)


Other42nd Conference of the Industrial Electronics Society, IECON 2016


  • Air conditioning
  • Air flow control
  • Cooling efficiency
  • Data center

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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