DescriptionData centers are homes to computers that run critical applications and services that we all take for granted such as email and internet access. These complex facilities have become the focal point in organizations as the increasing demand for compute power is stressing the underlying infrastructure of space, power, and cooling.;;Organizations are now adapting innovative technologies that allowed mechanical, electrical, and computer engineers to work closely together to solve fundamental challenges in the data center to make them efficient and cost effective.;;This presentation will offer an introduction to data centers including an overview of its major systems and components. Topics include IT infrastructure demand, cooling techniques, and power management. The presentation will also cover basic design principles of data centers.;;Attendees will be offered a special tour of the KAUST data centers to see the operation of these complex facilities in action.
Mohamed Abdel-Aal is a founding member of King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST), where he joined the institution during its construction phase in 2008. He is responsible for managing the Digital Experience and Innovation & the "KAUST Smart" program with a primary focus on leveraging technologies, processes, and people to create a "smart" digital experience across the university and city of KAUST. Mohamed had previously managed the University's I.T. infrastructure and research computing, including systems, servers, storage, data center facilities, HPC clusters, and an extensive network that spans the sprawling community and housing facilities. Mohamed oversees strategic digital transformation plans and initiatives, including partnerships and collaborations with leading industry players to utilize KAUST's unique setting as a launchpad and a living lab for pilots and creative concepts. Mohamed holds an MBA and an M.S. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and a B.S. degree from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM).
Muhammad Atiq Siddiqui
Peter Godsafe is the IT Data Center Lead at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST). He is responsible for the daily operations of the KAUST data centers. Peter's experience includes working at British Telecom in the UK running large enterprise class data centers.
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