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RE: rack power question

  • From: John Lee
  • Date: Tue Mar 25 10:02:42 2008

Title: Re: rack power question
Using a multi-stage filter system with the large partical filters in front and an ionizing stage to remove smaller but still large enough particals to cause dust. Clean room filters would be an overkill.
John (ISDN) Lee

From: [email protected] on behalf of Paul Vixie
Sent: Tue 3/25/2008 2:17 AM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: rack power question

this has been, to me, one of the most fascinating nanog threads in years.

at the moment my own datacenter problem is filtration.  isc lives in a place
where outside air is quite cool enough for server inlet seven or more months
out of the year.  we've also got quite high ceilings.  a 2HP roof fan will
move 10000 cubic feet per minute.  we've got enough make-up air for that.
but, the filters on the make-up air have to be cleaned several times a week,
and at the moment that's a manual operation.

mechanical systems, by comparison, only push 20% make-up air, and the filters
seem to last a month or more between maintainance events.  i'm stuck with the
same question that vexes the U S Army when they send the M1A1 into sandstorms,
or that caused a lot of shutdowns in NYC in the days after 9/11: what kind of
automation can i deploy that will precipitate the particulates so that air
can move (for cooling) and so that air won't bring grit (which is conductive)?
Paul Vixie