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Lab and industry partner to optimize data centers


Narrator:            This is Science Today. Wireless network technology that can optimize the cooling and power resources of large data centers has been deployed at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. David Edgar, an IT specialist there, says these small wireless devices, which were developed by a University of California-generated startup company called SynapSense, are being tested out in the lab's data center.

Edgar:            Before we had a SynapSense system in our IT data center, we really couldn't visualize the environmental situation in the room and once it was in place, that really allowed us to move forward with our plans to green up the data center, make it more efficient and make changes that we could document and monitor. Without instrumentation, you really are blind in trying to deal with the issues of an inefficient data center, when you can see what's going on, you can monitor the changes, then you really feel empowered to go ahead and make those changes because you know that if they work you can tell, if they don't work, you can quickly back them out.

Narrator:            For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.