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David Sickinger

Researcher III-High Performance Computing


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David Sickinger is a part of the Advanced Computing Operations Group within the Computational Science Center. Since 2012, he has been involved with the operation of the mechanical systems supporting NREL's High Performance Computing data center, which houses the Peregrine and Eagle supercomputers. He is passionate about developing a breadth of understanding of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, while advancing scientific research with HPC resources.

Research Interests

Facility infrastructure cooling and power

Energy and water efficient facilities

Python data analysis

Industrial Internet of Things

Education

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona

Post-Graduate Diploma, Computer Science, University of Auckland

Graduate Certificate, Antarctic Studies, University of Canterbury

RASEI Professional Renewable and Sustainable Energy Certificate, University of Colorado at Boulder

Professional Experience

Software Engineer, Human Interface Technology Lab, University of Canterbury (2004–2008)

Featured Work

Thermosyphon Cooler Hybrid System for Water Savings in an Energy-Efficient HPC Data Center: Results from 24 Months and Impact on Water Usage EffectivenessNREL Technical Report (2018) 

Thermosyphon Cooler Hybrid System for Water Savings in an Energy-Efficient HPC Data Center: Modeling and Installation, ASHRAE Conference (2017) 

Energy Performance Evaluation of Aquila’s Aquarius Fixed Cold Plate Cooling System at NREL’s High Performance Computing Center, NREL Technical Report (2019)

Energy Performance Testing of Asetek’s RackCDU System at NREL’s High Performance Computing Data Center, NREL Technical Report (2014)

Awards and Honors

U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program Award, served as Thermosyphon Project Lead (2018)