DCW 2024 to Highlight Nuclear Energy Solutions for Data Centers

DCW 2024 to Highlight Nuclear Energy Solutions for Data Centers
DCW 2024 to Highlight Nuclear Energy Solutions for Data Centers

Data Center POST is looking forward to the upcoming Data Center World

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conference, taking place April 15-18, 2024 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.  Organized by Informa, a media conglomerate that also publishes (among others) Data Center Knowledge and the renowned research analyst team at Omdia, is set to bring some exciting discussions to the forefront of the data center industry.

The event promises to connect the industry with sustainable and innovative data center solutions and begins on Monday, April 15, 2024 with a Nuclear Energy and Data Center workshop, organized by Andrew Fanara and Lori Braase with the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).  According to Informa and the Data Center World (DCW) website (and industry pundits would agree), the data center industry is at an inflection point. Demand is multiplying while supply is constricting. The workforce is turning over and how we get things done is evolving. Sustainability and political unrest are of greater consideration than they have ever been. As such, the goal of Data Center World 2024 is to combine real world, practitioner and thought leader expertise with in-depth research and data, to provide attendees access to a full spectrum of solution providers driving the data center and digital infrastructure industry forward.

The event kicks off with a nuclear energy workshop titled Nuclear Energy and Data Centers Workshop and will be held in room 202B at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  The workshop will bring together industry experts and stakeholders to discuss how nuclear energy can help solve the “existential power crisis” facing data centers.

The workshop will begin with words from Omdia’s Principal Analyst, Cloud and Data Center Research, Alan Howard and Sustainability Advisor (and program organizer), Andrew Fanara. They will set up the tone for the workshop discussions,which aim to answer the question: What does the data center industry need for nuclear energy to help solve your existential power crisis?

Various experienced data center executives are lined up to contribute to the program, including

Miranda Gardiner, Executive Director of Infrastructure Masons (iMasons), and Tony Grayson, General Manager of Compass Data Centers, who are expected to share the results of a recent survey conducted by iMasons and the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI).

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Additional presentations about Nuclear power and the challenges and capabilities will be offered by Christine King, Director of the Gateway for Accelerating Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) at Idaho National Labs (INL); Shannon Bragg-Sitton, Director of the Integrated Storage and Energy Systems Division at INL; Bruce Myatt Global Director, DC Engineering and Construction for Black & Veatch, among other participants.

There are plenty of other programming options available for a plethora of interests.  The four-day program features more than 70 conference sessions, 130 speakers, a Data Center BUILD Summit, Pre-Conference training programs, the Omdia Analyst Summit, Data Center Site Tours, Keynotes and more than 200 exhibiting vendors, and more.

With multiple Keynotes, including presentations by Jennifer Majernik Huffstetler, Chief Product Sustainability Officer, IntelChuck Gilbert, Sr. Director, Cluster Platform Engineering, AMD; among others.  The one I am most excited to see is the one being presented by Bill Kleyman, Program Chair, AFCOM & DCW, and CEO of Apolo.us.  Kleyman is a fellow Nomad Futurist as well and has recently published a series of videos educating people about data center infrastructure – the key elements that make data centers operate as they do. You can watch all six videos on LinkedIn through this post.

If you’re curious about all of the details of DCW 2024, you can watch the ‘Insider’s Guide’ with Bill Kleyman here.

If you’re not yet registered, there are various levels of passes available to attendees, which can be viewed here.

Personally, I hope to see you there!

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