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Workshop: NeurIPS 2023 Workshop on Tackling Climate Change with Machine Learning: Blending New and Existing Knowledge Systems

A Configurable Pythonic Data Center Model for Sustainable Cooling and ML Integration

Avisek Naug · Antonio Guillen-Perez · Ricardo Luna Gutierrez · Vineet Gundecha · Sahand Ghorbanpour · Sajad Mousavi · Ashwin Ramesh Babu · Soumyendu Sarkar


There have been growing discussions on estimating and subsequently reducing the operational carbon footprint of enterprise data centers. The design and intelligent control for data centers have an important impact on data center carbon footprint. In this paper, we showcase PyDCM, a Python library that enables extremely fast prototyping of data center design and applies reinforcement learning-enabled control with the purpose of evaluating key sustainability metrics, including carbon footprint, energy consumption, and observing temperature hotspots. We demonstrate these capabilities of PyDCM and compare them to existing works in EnergyPlus for modeling data centers. PyDCM can also be used as a standalone Gymnasium environment for demonstrating sustainability-focused data center control.

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