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As high-performance computing (HPC) usage continues to rise, it will place demands on the environment needed to house it. HPC folks will bear the brunt as they are often, without warning, tasked with planning data center needs.

Mike Thomas will present “Data Center Design and Planning for HPC Folks” at SC16 — The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis — in November. With two fellow panelists, he will train users on how to begin the planning process, take stock of the current environmental, space, cooling, electricity, security, operations, and maintenance.