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Low airflow impedance control panel for Blade Server

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199068D
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

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Abstract

The proposed control panel design utilizes two planes (front and right side) to present the user with visual indicators and input devices. This two plane design decreases airflow impedance by over 30% compared to a similar single plane design, with overall increase in usability.

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Low airflow impedance control panel for Blade Server

In a competitive environment, designers and developers of blade servers are constantly being forced to include as many features and options as possible in a limited amount of space. While dimensions vary by manufacturer, the blade server design presents a limited amount of available space at the front of the machine. This limited amount of space must often include such options as a control panel, hot-swap storage devices, connections for keyboard/video/mouse (KVM) outbound information, and networking connections.

All of these features take up the space that is also required for the airflow that is necessary to provide cooling to the blade server. In this regard, every millimeter saved is a competitive advantage. The more space that is available for airflow, the less energy is required by the fans or blowers that act to cool the blade server. Conservation of this energy either reduces the total energy burden of the blade chassis or frees up energy to be used for other chassis level needs.

Known front of blade operation panels place both controls and light emitting diodes (LEDs) on a common plane perpendicular to the path of air flow through the blade. That is, for the most part, all front of blade objects and devices block airflow in an inefficient fashion. With single plane designs, airflow is maximally reduced due to the wasteful use of space at the front of the system. The current invention looks to address this problem by placing front of blade objects on multiple planes in an organized and easy to use fashion.

The proposed control panel design utilizes two planes (front and right side) to present the user with visual indicators and input devices. In addit...