Latest Coolsim Version Launched, Improves Data Center Energy Efficiency

Concord, N.H. – based Applied Math Modeling Inc. has launched the latest improvements to CoolSim. The energy-efficiency software first launched 2006.CoolSim is an application that provides a three-dimensional view on a manager’s PC of a computer room’s thermal conditions, including airflow, temperature and pressure. CoolSim performs much like a Doppler radar system to let you view and measure the performance and plug in “what-if” scenarios.CoolSim 3.1 has added features to collect data for precision cooling and advanced heat removal. The major improvements to CoolSim include: Capabilities to model both raised floor data centers, in addition to non-raised floor data centers, support for  many more possible datacenter configurations, customized and colorful animated graphics to permit comparisons of cooling equipment placements within the center. The latest version also includes a complete library of downflow CRACs from Liebert and DataAire, including topflow, downflow and frontflow CRACs. Also, the new graphics show pathways of the airflow, iso-surface temperature measurements, with an interactive 3-dimenstional control for the viewer to zoom in, and rotate and scan the entire view.Paul Bemis is CEO of Applied Math Modeling Inc. told CPN, “With CoolSim, data center managers can now accurately visualize where all their expensive cold air is going (or not going) and propose improvements to the room that will reduce their operational costs and increase the life of their IT equipment.” CoolSim 3.1 lets users create models of their own data center, and then play with variations of what could be changed to improve their set-up. The user-created model is submitted to the high performance host computer for analysis. The analysis uses ANSYS/Fluent computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technology–also used in the design of the Olympics winner’s Speedo Bathing suit.When the simulation is complete, the user receives 3-dimensional images to play with, and try various options to then discover the optimal scenario to meet their needs. For example, a manager can see what would happen if new pieces equipment is added to the space, and how it would make a difference if placed above or below or on which side of the pre-existing equipment in the data room. In March of this year, AMM announced a deal struck with ANSYS to assume the distribution, support and development of CoolSim.