Data Center Efficiency Workshop

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Individual PDFs: Here
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July 26, 2011 9AM - 5PM

On July 26, Berkeley Lab will offer a special all day Data Center Efficiency Training Workshop for West Coast DOE National Labs, Northern California UC Campuses, and West Coast Federal Data Center Stakeholders.

At this FREE all day workshop, you'll be introduced to the latest thinking in data center efficiency strategies from three of the leaders in the field: Dale Sartor, Bill Tschudi, and Geoffrey Bell.  The course will cover a wide range of topics including industry trends, benchmarking, and strategies to improve the efficiency of all major data center systems (power, cooling, airflow, alternative cooling strategies, and computers themselves).

Whether you're relatively new to data center efficiency strategies, or an experienced professional, this course is certain to provide you with new insights and the most up to date information.

Scroll down for Agenda, Instructor Bios, Logistics, and Registration.


July 26 2011 9AM-5PM (course ends 4PM) Berkeley Lab, Perseverance Hall, Berkeley, CA
Note: Agenda subject to change.

Morning (9-Noon)

  • Introductions to course and instructors
  • Performance metrics and benchmarking
  • IT equipment and software efficiency
  • Use IT to save IT (monitoring and dashboards)
  • Data center environmental conditions

Lunch (Noon-1)

No host.  Visit our nearby LBL Bay View Cafe or Bring Your Own.

Afternoon (1-4PM):

  • Airflow management
  • Cooling systems (air and liquid cooling; and "free" cooling)
  • Electrical systems
  • Summary and Takeaways

Social Hour (4pm-5pm):

Optional networking event.  Have a glass of wine overlooking Berkeley and the Bay and get to know your fellow data center professionals.


Bill Tschudi

Bill Tschudi is a Principal Investigator for the Applications Team in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  The applications team is tasked with bridging researchers and real world application of emerging technology.  Bill currently leads LBNL’s data center and cleanroom energy efficiency projects. Bill is a licensed mechanical engineer with experience in design of high tech, mission critical facilities, industrial facilities, and power plants.  He supports DOE and the California Energy Commission data center energy efficiency initiatives. He is a member of ASHRAE and participates in Technical Committees TC9.11 - Cleanspaces; and TC 9.9 which addresses Data Center Facilities. Prior to joining LBNL, Bill managed multi-disciplined engineering offices for leading firms in the design of clean room and data center facilities and was a project manager for cleanroom design projects.  Prior experience also included engineering management for industrial and power projects.

Dale Sartor

Dale Sartor, P.E., heads the LBNL Building Technologies Applications Team which assists in the transfer of new and underutilized technology.  Mr. Sartor has an AB in Architecture, and a Masters in Business Administration.  He is a licensed Mechanical Engineer, and a licensed General Building Contractor.  He has over thirty five years of professional experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy applications including ten years as a principal of an architecture and engineering company, and seven years as the head of LBNL’s In-House Energy Management Program.  Mr. Sartor oversees RDD&D at LBNL focused on energy efficiency in buildings for high tech industries (i.e. hospitals, laboratories, cleanrooms, and data centers).  

Geoffrey Bell

Geoffrey is a Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in both New Mexico and California and a Certified State Energy Auditor in New Mexico. His resume includes: working for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a Staff Scientist and Senior Energy Management Engineer for over 22 years; participating on the Technical Committees for Laboratories for the Twenty-first Century and Data Centers for the Twenty-first Century; contracting with the Department of Energy as an principal investigator; teaching at the University of New Mexico and for Labs21; consulting to Sandia Corp. as an Energy Engineer, as well as providing renewable energy consulting services for various mechanical engineering and architectural projects for over 35 years. Geoffrey is a co-inventor of the Berkeley Hood and is credited with a number of publications, best practice guides, technical bulletins, and magazine articles in his career. He was the principal author of the Design Guide for Energy-Efficient Research Laboratories and is the chief editor of the Labs21 Tool Kit available on CD.



The laboratory is located in Berkeley on the hillside directly above the campus of the University of California at Berkeley.  Our address is 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA 94720. 

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Due to limited parking at the Lab we ask that you contact Nina Lucido at or phone at (510) 486-6611 for parking arrangements.


The Guest House is conveniently located on the Berkeley Lab campus and features 57 tastefully appointed guest rooms. Many of the rooms offer spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay, skyline, and City of Berkeley.  The Guest House is only a few minutes away from the UC Berkeley campus and the dynamic Berkeley community.  Standard rooms run $100/night.  For reservations call (510) 495-8000.


Course enrollment is limited to the categories described above (National Labs, Northern UCs, and West Coast Federal Data Center Stakeholders).  The organizers reserve the right to prioritize attendees to ensure representation across the sectors.  We will confirm your attendance at least 2 weeks before the event.

Follow this link for registration: Register