Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 30-06-2011
Computerworld reports that the Los Alamos National Lab has shut down two of its largest supercomputers, as wildfires continue to burn near this sprawling New Mexico facility. According to the National Climate Data Center, there were 6,625 fires which burned approximately 1.1 million acres in May — the most acres burned during the month of May on record.
Terry Altom, Uptime Institute Professional Services consultant said smoke from wildfires could impact a data center. The filtration system may not remove all of the particulates. Therefore, smoke will reach the interior of the data center. Data center cooling units typically have smoke detectors within them to shut them down. If smoke has infiltrated the building, the smoke detectors will shut the units down.
Computerworld quoted Uptime Institute’s Vince Renaud, “Once the cooling systems are shut down you are kind of done.” Meaning that once cooling systems turn off, the IT equipment will hit their temperature thresholds rather quickly. At that point, systems have to be shut down, he said.
For buildings with VESDA systems, the problem could be worse because VESDA systems are more sensitive.