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Internet-based applications and their resulting multitier distributed architectures have changed the focus of design for large-scale Internet computing. Internet server applications execute in a horizontally scalable topology across hundreds or thousands of commodity servers in Internet data centers. Increasing scale and power density significantly impacts the data center's thermal properties. Effective thermal management is essential to the robustness of mission-critical applications. Internet service architectures can address multisystem resource management as well as thermal management within data centers.
Date of Publication: Jan.-Feb. 2005