CONFERENCE DAY ONE

7:00 am Refreshments & Registration

8:00 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

Enhance Efficiency & Operational Reliance With Liquid Cooling

8:10 am Understanding the Design Challenges & Considerations for Liquid Cooling to Effectively Design for Resiliency & Reduce Downtime

  • Robbie Sovie Executive Vice President of Development, T5 Data Centers

Synopsis

  • Evaluating the space and infrastructure adjustments needed to implement liquid cooling and how different systems interact
  • Ensuring compatibility with existing data center infrastructure to seamlessly retrofit new technologies into legacy facilities
  • Keeping in mind operational considerations when designing for liquid cooling to ensure ease of day-to-day functioning and management of your data centers

8:50 am Scaling Liquid Cooling Across Your Portfolio to Future-Proof the Performance of Your Facilities

Synopsis

  • Standardizing solutions across your portfolio to leverage pre-established processes and templates
  • Providing clear guidelines and requirements to designers and engineers to reduce ambiguity and accelerate project timelines
  • Implementing centralized monitoring and management systems to efficiently oversee cooling infrastructure across multiple facilities

9:30 am Evaluating the Pros & Cons in Cost, Efficiency, Operationality & Constructability of Liquid Cooling Solutions to Best Suit Facility Requirements

  • Matt Koukl Principal, Market Leader & Project Manager of Mission Critical, Affiliated Engineers

Synopsis

  • Highlighting what types of liquid cooling, from single-phase immersion cooling to direct[1]to-chip cooling, are coming to the forefront to holistically understand the space
  • Assessing the cost of each solution to see if they are a commercially viable option
  • Exploring the differences in temperatures and fluids between each solution to see which are most energy efficient and flexible
  • Knowing when to choose one option over the other: which one best meets your density and operational requirements and when should you transition from air-based cooling solutions?

10:10 am Morning Refreshments & Speed Networking

10:50 am Case Study: Leveraging Two-Phase Immersion Cooling (2PIC) in AI/HPC Data Center Design to Maximize Efficiency

  • Josh Li GM & Lead, Two Phase Immersion Cooling, Marathon Digital Holdings

Synopsis

  • Empowering modular design: hosts two 2PIC tanks per 20’ container, scaling infrastructure efficiently
  • Enabling extreme power density: accommodates up to 768 Nvidia H100s per container, maximizing computational power
  • Driving cost efficiency: fluid stabilization extends component lifespan, reducing operational costs compared to air-cooled designs

Exploring Power Procurement & Delivery to Design for Optimal Uptime

11:30 am Case Study: Looking Towards Onsite Power Generation to Mitigate Risk & Ensure Reliability During Outages

  • Drew Thompson Assistant Vice President of Mission Critical Facilities, Black & Veatch

Synopsis

  • Addressing how to decrease reliance on utilities to mitigate risks with potential grid failures or delays in power delivery
  • Increasing onsite power equipment and products in the face of constraints and examining how to factor onsite power generation into your overall designs
  • Giving back to the grid: how can the energy saved through operating efficiency be fed back into the grid in times of short supply?

12:10 pm Networking Lunch

1:10 pm Understanding Current & Future Power Availability & the Influence on Site Selection to Know Where to Build

Synopsis

  • Gaining insights into present and future availability in different regions to ensure there is enough power from utilities to meet increasing demand
  • Creating functional partnerships between utilities, developers and users
  • Implementing advanced forecasting models to accurately project power demand
  • Utilizing advanced mapping tools to identify optimal locations to build data centers based on power availability, cost and reliability

Benchmarking Sustainable Power Sources to Encourage Environmental Responsibility

1:50 pm Case Study: Spotlighting the Adoption of Nuclear Power: Is it Viable & How Will it Impact Design?

  • David McCall Vice President of Innovation, QTS Data Centers
  • Jimmy Sneed Managing Director of Critical Facilities, WB Engineers+Consultants

Synopsis

  • Exploring nuclear as an alternative power source to ensure uninterrupted, cleaner power supply
  • Addressing challenges related to permitting and regulatory approvals to accelerate its integration into the energy mix
  • Managing public perception to educate on modern safety features and designs, dispelling concerns about associated risks
  • Looking at onsite nuclear power plants or integration with behind-the-meter locations to leverage new or existing infrastructure

2:30 pm Afternoon Refreshments

Accelerating Speed to Market

3:00 pm Designing Flexible Facilities to Meet Demands of Increased AI & Machine Learning Today & in the Future

Synopsis

  • Future-proofing facilities with multi-purpose infrastructure that supports both traditional computing and diverse workloads, to accommodate a wide range of customer specifications
  • Designing with flexible equipment integration capabilities to incorporate new hardware and equipment as requirements and technologies evolve
  • Implementing adaptive infrastructure management systems to allow for real-time monitoring and optimization of AI and machine learning workloads

3:40 pm Optimizing Supply Chain During the Design Phase to Avoid Change Orders & Delays in Construction

  • Dave Buckner VP, Engineering & Development, Sabey Data Centers

Synopsis

  • Conducting thorough supply chain risk assessments to identify potential bottlenecks and items with long lead times to proactively mitigate risk in the design phase
  • Implementing agile design iterations for adjustment to project specifications based on equipment availability to reduce change order bottlenecks
  • Cultivating strong relationships with vendors to foster open communication and collaborative problem-solving

4:20 pm Panel: Exploring Strategies for Accelerating Speed to Market Across Design Processes to Meet Project Requirements on Time

Synopsis

  • Ensuring customer commitment of all major factors, such as power, equipment and financing, to fast-track decision making in design
  • Implementing streamlined design processes to optimize workflows and eliminate inefficiencies
  • Utilizing standardized designs and templates to increase speed of deployment

5:00 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

5:10 pm End of Day One