On October 30, 2018, Chapter members Van Baxter, David Grant, and Heather Buckberry will lead a tour of two ORNL facilities that should be of great interest to Chapter Members. Specific details follow below:
Data Center Tour Description:
During the tour of the National Center for Computational Sciences’ Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, guests will see both the Titan and Summit High Performance Computing systems and the supporting power and cooling infrastructure. A briefing of the science being done on these supercomputers will be provided. These systems are housed in two very different data centers which will provide insights into how best practice design evolves with time. The facility’s 20MW chiller plant and the new 20MW cooling system that supports Summit will be included in the tour. Guests will get to see how over 1000W/SF gets removed from the newest data center without any facility air handlers.
Research House Tour Description:
ASHRAE Chapter guests touring the ORNL Research House will see the instrumentation and process control that allows HVAC, water heating, and controls research in a home setting. An introduction to the Connected Neighborhood Project will review how commercial internet of things (IoT) functionality on HVAC, water heating, and circuit level energy monitoring. This is being integrated with weather forecasting and utility price curves as part of an ORNL-developed system to control home and neighborhood electric load shapes by actively dispatching loads in response to a price signal. The research house is also used to assess the field performance of prototype water heating and HVAC systems after they have been tested in a laboratory.
1. Sign-up deadline October 16 is (ORNL security asks for two-week advance notice to prepare visitor passes). Please provide by October 16 to David Grant (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Van Baxter (email@example.com):
a. Name as given on photo ID (driver’s license, student ID, or passport)
c. Office and mobile phone numbers
d. E-mail address
2. Please be sure to bring your photo ID with you to show the guards at ORNL portal.
3. Carpooling is encouraged. There is no parking lot at the Research House so visitors have to park on neighborhood streets near the House.
4. Tentative tour schedule:
a. 8:30 am: Arrive at ORNL Visitor Center for sign-in, badging.
(David Grant and Van Baxter will meet tour group)
b. 9-10am: Tour Datacenter facility (David Grant, lead)
c. 10-10:30: Return to Visitor Center & travel to Research House site (Van Baxter, lead)
d. 10:30-11:30: Tour Research House (Heather Buckberry, lead)