Facebook's cutting-edge data center in the high desert of Oregon represents the future. Take a look at the technologies and choices that make it tick.
In the chamber where filtered air has been cooled down, Crass peers down a 9-foot-by-9-foot hole in the floor that allows air to flow down a large walled passageway back to the data center servers. It hits a deflector plate above the cold aisle and spreads out in a passive air distribution system. A more traditional method of air conditioning the data center would require more energy, because in order for cooler air to reach the top of the server rack it must be much colder at floor level. By getting air to flow down over the rack, it can be warmer at the start of its journey.
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