LSBU students benefit from high-tech modelling softwareLSBU urban engineering students are to benefit from modelling software that will make their data centre research more relevant to industry
The software is supplied by award-winning software company Romonet and allows students to perform simulations using data from actual environments to observe how a data centre performs in the present and future times by applying different cooling techniques.
Prior to LSBU's partnership with Romonet, students had to predict and evaluate data centre performance manually by using spreadsheets. In addition to this technique being highly time consuming, it is also difficult to obtain accurate predictions.
Dr Issa Chaer, Course Director of Building Services Engineering and Reader said: "It's about enhancing students' experience and giving them an overview of how the various systems in the data centre integrate together and the best way to save energy and reduce carbon emissions.
"We pride ourselves in our ability to engage with industry and applied research and for research to feedback into the teaching. We have an umbilical cord between industry and academia."
Data centre design students are also able to model various scenarios and examine older information from data centres to determine why they were inefficient. The partnership is an important bridge linking academia with industry and Dr Chaer believes it will enable LSBU graduates to be better equipped in tackling centre issues.
"One of our aims of this is not just to model data centres and do predictive modelling. The aim is also to share the information we gather with our industrial partners," says Dr Chaer.
"This will enhance their knowledge and give them an idea of how data centres work, what systems are integrated and used in data centres, how they integrate - it gives them a holistic view of the design and implementation."