Data center predictive modeling

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Data center predictive modeling (DCPM) is the ability to forecast the performance of a data center into the future, be it its energy use, energy efficiency, performance of the myriad pieces of equipment, even cost.

An important part of forecasting data center performance is the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to quantify the airflow and temperatures that would occur if physical changes were made to the data center space. The use of CFD moves DCPM from a probabilistic type of forecasting to a physics-based one.

The term DCPM has been in use since June 2011[1] and was adopted by Romonet to differentiate DCPM from data center infrastructure management (DCIM) which only tracks the present performance of the elements of a data center.[2]

Another example of the same technology was presented in Russia[3] by Institute of Applied Mathematical Research, Karelian Research Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences. The technology is developed since 2011 under support of FASIE and RFBR.