For all you Information Technology personnel and all other technological gurus, this piece is indeed for you. So if you are into servers and all things networking, you would be aware of the fact that the server room is the power house of your organization. The server room basically houses all the important networking and transmitting devices and you most certainly cannot afford to carry out anything but top notch maintenance practices. Due to the fact that this is also where most of the organization's powerful devices are housed or kept, it is therefore imperative to say that 'Maintaining The Server Room Temperature' is one of the key ways to ensure that the server room is well taken care of. These machines are kept in an enclosed place called server room and for high power machines it is no news that they could emit such great amount of heat over a period of time. Thus it is important to control the room temperature of server rooms as heat can cause a huge damage to these machines. Some might want to argue about the fact that server rooms have functional and well fitted cooling units. The only other way to balance this act of reduced power use that yields maximum efficiency is to employ the use of temperature data for your server room(s). Hardware support systems helps to accurately predict the software - hardware interaction, ensuring that it yields the desired / expected outcome.
But then it is not enough to just have an air conditioning which doesn't guarantee 100% temperature control and so a proper temperature control tactic needs to be employed for the following reasons:
Purchasing a good temperature monitoring devices or temperature monitoring software would help a great deal to put a check on overheating.
It is always advisable to place these temperature monitoring indicators in front and behind server compartments to ensure that air flow is appropriated the right way.
Temperature data is highly important and I would tell you why. The recommended temperature from ASHRAE has been put at 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
When your server room temperature is controlled, equipment tend to have longer life span as they are less prone to breakdowns and replacements.
For companies with server rooms, we are aware of just how much the machines in there mean to the organization. The machines found in the server room are often the driving forces of the business as these machines are in charge of networking, communications and all other productivity boosting processes. I bet you cannot imagine what any form of malfunction here will do. From equipment downtimes to outright spoilage which automatically leads to a huge loss or worse still the death of the business.
This it does so by alerting the appropriate maintenance personnel or officials either by special sensors / indicators in the case of devices or via instant text messages or emails where need be. It also notifies necessary parties when obvious cases like a malfunctioning cooling unit or when overloading occurs. Sadly over heating is the most preventable incident that can occur in the server room. Yet, it is the reason why most times funds are spent replacing hardware as overheating is one quick way to spoil hardware.
That is, it ensures that the air in the room is not being polluted with the hot air that should be released into the exhaust panel. When this happens, the inlet allows the flow of cool air into the room and the outlet takes out the used up heated air thus regulating airflow and movement as is best suited for that particular server room.But then, it is quite easy to fall short of this mark due to certain factors. So it is always best to find that climax where the temperature of your server room reaches a balance that can be equated with efficiency and output.
What this means is that resources that should have been put into replacing spoiled or damaged equipment are put into even greater use like upgrade or purchase of newer equipment for the purposes such as renovation. When the temperature of the server room is within appropriate range, not only do you enjoy the fact that equipment are in great working order but you also enjoy the fact that resources are utilized and not wasted as purchasing of additional and better materials would be the order of the day and not replacements and repairs.
When designing a chip, if there is one thing that is of utmost importance, it is the verification process. Verification process is one sure way to optimize the performance of chips whilst also ensuring that costs are reduced in the process. Since verification makes up over 65% of the designing processes of chips, there is therefore a growing need to employ technologically advanced tools and methods that would harness Verification speed.
There are various ways to achieve this, some of which are:
- Using Hardware Prototypes For Verification
During the chips production process, it is often important that the hardware and software parts of a chip are both verified simultaneously. But then, what we have most times is the fact that the software creation process is often modeled first before the hardware aspect and the later cannot wait for the former. So one very smart way is to work with using prototypes that can be tested and trusted before the entire chip production process is completed.
Nowadays, Digital design Engineers have come up with the need for an assisted hardware verification process and the reason is not farfetched. These Design Engineers are often under a lot of pressure to provide quality products especially where 'System On Chip' Verification is concerned.
Advantages of this include the fact that:
It completely eradicates the whole performance requirement for System on Chips verification. With this you have nothing to worry about where test bench writing and interfacing is concerned. It makes it easy to build platforms for hardware with the use of elements like FPGAs.
By boycotting writing of system verilogs and test benches, the tedious process of testing software - hardware interaction is therefore avoided. Applying test benches that have been embedded helps you perform and also visualize Verification processes that involve hardware assist.
- Use Of Emulation / Copy Systems
Thanks to technology, what we have today is bigger and more complex 'System On Chip' devices for testing. This has however led to new and improved verification processes for optimum performance.
The use of emulation systems makes this possible as:
Newly developed Emulation systems have a broad spectrum of compartment such as transactors and also memory designs that enhances virtual system verification development. This offers a debugging process that covers visibility of signals and upgraded applications involving optimized use and emulations of power and hybrids. Emulation systems ensure that the emulator represents designs undergoing tests whilst ensuring that chips can also be connected outside the emulator. It also provides a kind of proxy connections for designs undergoing tests, making a way for these designs to be connected to original devices. The complexities that abound with 'Systems On Chips' can be minimized through debugging components.
One great way to enhance the process of verification is to employ the use of physical prototypes to meet the needed requirements.
How this works:
Making use of hardware assist systems as this would enable both software and hardware to interact properly even before the fabrication process is done. This can help reduce the length of design schedules thus cutting down costs through the use of simple hardware tools as this would automatically speed up software development. Prototypes for hardware assisted systems also has a huge impact on the Return of Investments. By putting modules in place for various projects, there would certainly be an increase in the ROI.
This helps you boycott all the investments in form of efforts and finances that would have been put into customs made systems. Thus making products readily available by the simple creation of FPDA equipment. The truth remains that as a designer the one thing you should aim for which is any system or method that helps cut down whatever time, effort and expenses is spent on Verification. That is exactly what the processes above aim to provide as they all work to give you as a designer a shorter production time without compromise on quality.