November 18th, 2019 by Michael Rink
HPE Collaborates With National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Today, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that they would be collaborating with the U.S.A. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on software to improve the energy and water efficiency of data centers.
This collaboration is part of the U.S.A. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) ongoing efforts to reduce the amount of energy, and water used by data centers. In 2016 NREL even installed a prototype closed-loop cooling system in their own datacenter. You can see the real-time performance of the cooling system on NREL’s website. At the time of writing, the closed-loop system was providing about half of the cooling provided by the evaporative cooling towers, effectively cutting the water used at the facility by a little less than a third.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) expects to spend the next three years collaborating with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on this research and development project. HPE will use more than five years’ worth of historical data from NREL’s data center facility to train machine learning models to detect anomalies so that issues can be predicted and prevented.
HPE has big plans for the project. They hope that the software they are developing will be able to provide not just predictive analytics, but services in three other areas besides. In addition to doing analysis, they also plan to provide a monitoring stack to collect the data so it can be analyzed in real-time. If they get the monitoring and analytics portions rights, HPE is hoping they'll be able to add a control module to the software that will automatically manage many aspects of data center maintenance and provide pre-emptive maintenance. Finally, HPE also said they want to integrate it with their HPE High Performance Cluster Management(HPCM) system to provide complete provisioning, management, and monitoring for clusters. That seems a little out of scope for a government funded research project, but it is in line with HPE’s recent actions so we’ll see what happens.