As the digital factories of the information technology (IT) age, data centers are showing an unprecedented growth. From 2012 to 2016 alone, the global data center traffic is expected to increase four fold [1,2], requiring new facilities to be built at the compound annual growth rate of 15.78% during the same period, with the associated positive economic impact. These beneficial outcomes are tempered by concerns about sustainability of such explosive growth, in particular, the energy and water usage burden of the new facilities. Larger facilities can consume tens of megawatts of electric power, with 20–50% of it used for cooling. As such, energy efficient thermal management of current and future facilities has emerged as a significant research challenge and is the focus of this Special Section.

Abdelmaksoud, Dang, Khalifa, and Schmidt (Improved computational fluid dynamics (CFD) Model for Open-Aisle Air-Cooled Data Center Simulations)...

References

References
1.
Cisco Systems Inc.,
2012
, “
Cisco Global Cloud Index Forecasts Cloud Traffic to Grow Sixfold by 2016
,” http://newsroom.cisco.com/release/1091855
2.
Infiniti Research Ltd.,
2013
, “
Global Data Center Construction Market 2012-2016
,” http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/tkz5pc/global_data
You do not currently have access to this content.