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Wireless technology optimizes data centers for energy efficiency


Narrator:            This is Science Today. A University of California-generated startup company called SynapSense in Folsom, California, is using wireless technology to optimize data centers for energy efficiency. Co-founder Raju Pandey, a computer scientist at the University of California, Davis, says they can deploy these wireless devices in different parts of a data center to measure temperature and power efficiency.

Pandey:            Once we have all of this information, then we can use that to figure out what part of the data centers are optimized with respect to the cooling and power resources that it's using. Because every server that you run has to be run in a certain range, so the first thing you could do is that you could put these devices and it will tell you that these part of the data centers are cold — that is, you are wasting energy or these parts of the data center are really hot, which is unsafe or whether your data center is inefficient.

Narrator:            Pandey says SynapSense has teamed up with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which serves as a beta system for the wireless technology and offers the company feedback. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.