Vertiv, a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, has teamed up with the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore in order to create a cutting-edge data center testbed facility.
Vertiv has offered racks, rack power distribution units (rPDU), and high-density cooling options to demonstrate superior thermal management technology for supporting data centers located in tropical regions.
The testing facility, called the Sustainable Tropical Data Center Testbed (STDCT), is the first of its sort in the region. It was created with the intention of boosting Singapore’s competitiveness in environmentally friendly and effective data center solutions. Innovative thermal management systems will be put to the test in this facility in order to pinpoint potential operational risks and create risk-reduction strategies appropriate for the tropical climate.
According to Hitesh Prajapati, Country Manager for Vertiv, due largely to decentralization and globalization, they have noticed a shift in data center investments in Asia’s tropical regions in recent years. Singapore has been hailed as a major data center hub in the region due to the increase in investments.
However, it can be difficult to cool high-density computational workloads, particularly in hot and muggy tropical locations. In the tropical conditions typical of Singapore and many Southeast Asian nations, free-cooling methods that rely on cool, outdoor air to support IT equipment will not be as effective. They have a fantastic opportunity with this facility to display the most recent thermal management technologies that accommodate tropical climates.
Moreover, Vertiv delivered a row-based coolant distribution unit (CDU) that uses a liquid-to-liquid heat exchanger for efficient heat transfer of the IT heat load in support of STDCT’s efforts to be more environmentally friendly. The CDU provides cold water to specialized cold plates created by NUS and CoolestDC, creating an efficient method for cooling IT equipment. A deep tech thermal, power, performance, and carbon management corporation with headquarters in Singapore is called CoolestDC.
For Associate Professor Lee Poh Seng, Program Director of STDCT, they have been able to create a cutting-edge chip cooling system to accommodate high-density servers and computing equipment thanks to their collaboration with Vertiv. Customers, researchers, and even academics will be able to benefit from the latest technology available to cool data centers in tropical regions thanks to the solutions delivered to STDCT.
In order to overcome difficulties related to high power and cooling consumptions, carbon footprint, and rising rack density, STDCT is more than just a physical facility. It is a co-innovation program that is independent of technology and operators.