Patents by Inventor George Ross

George Ross has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10198390
    Abstract: A system for storing data includes a rack, one or more data storage modules coupled to the rack, and one or more data control modules coupled to the rack. The data storage modules may include a chassis, two or more backplanes coupled to the chassis, and one or more mass storage devices (for example, hard disk drives) coupled to the backplanes. The data control modules may access the mass storage devices in the data storage modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Darin Lee Frink, Peter George Ross
  • Patent number: 10201116
    Abstract: A data center can include at least one computing room, and at least one rack system disposed in the computing room. The rack system includes a rack housing that at least substantially encapsulates an interior space, and a plurality of computing devices mounted to the rack in the interior space. The data center can further include a cooling system. The cooling system includes a conduit that is disposed in the interior space of the rack housing and a fluid that flows through the conduit, wherein heat is transferred from air in the interior space to the fluid to produce cooled air in the rack housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter George Ross, Matthew David Striffler, Alan Donald Gillooly
  • Publication number: 20190032938
    Abstract: A system for passively exhausting air from a structure includes at least one pair of modules arranged on a roof of the structure. Each module has an exhaust face on one side and a sloped surface on the opposite side, and can receive exhaust air that flows upward from inside the structure. The modules can be arranged in pairs facing one another, with one of the sloped surfaces facing a direction of an environmental flow of air, so that the environmental air can flow up the sloped surface of one module and down the sloped surface of the other module without impinging on the exhaust faces of either module. The pairs can also be arranged side-by-side in an array, which can be expanded with additional pairs of modules to exhaust from the structure at a greater rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Robert David Wilding, Peter George Ross, Geri-Ann Quinlivan, Alan Donald Gillooly, Sean Patrick Abbott
  • Patent number: 10180261
    Abstract: A computer room includes rack mounted computing devices and multiple air handling systems for cooling the computer room. A model based cooling control system is implemented on resources of a provider network that includes the rack mounted computing devices. The model based cooling control system uses a model of the computer room to iteratively perform calculations to determine a set of control parameters for cooling the computer room. The set of control parameters are selected to reduce or optimize an amount of energy and/or water used to cool the computer room while satisfying one or more conditions for cooling the computer room such as a maximum allowable temperature of the room and/or a maximum allowable temperature of the rack mounted computing devices in the computer room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter George Ross, Adolfo Bravo Ferreira, Osvaldo P. Morales
  • Patent number: 10164464
    Abstract: A modular uninterruptible power supply (UPS) provides modular uninterruptible power support to multiple rack computer systems. The modular UPS can include one or more rectifier, battery, and inverter modules installed in one or more rack frames. The modules can be installed in a common rack frame and electrically coupled via a bus bar coupled to the frame. The modules can be installed in separate rack frames and electrically coupled via a bus bar extending between the separate rack frames. The modular UPS can include multiple sets of rectifier modules and battery modules which are electrically coupled to the rack computer systems in parallel and can provide uninterruptible power support subsequent to at least one module failure. The rectifier, battery, and inverter modules installed in the rack frames can be adjusted to provide scalable power support based at least in part upon the power support requirements of the rack computer systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter George Ross, Nigel McGee
  • Patent number: 10154611
    Abstract: Deployable barriers are reversibly deployed in a data center hall to partition the data center. The hall is partitioned into an operational area, where rack computer systems are installed, a non-operational area, and a staging area where support infrastructure is at least partially installed. A barrier can be collapsed to incorporate the staging area into the operational area, thereby expanding the operational area, when rack computer systems are to be installed in the staging area. A barrier deployed in the non-operational area establishes another staging area. A barrier includes a deployment mechanism which extends through a space in the data center to enable a partition to be extended to partition the hall. The barrier can be mounted and deployed on support infrastructure, so that the deployed barrier and a side portion of the support infrastructure collectively partition the hall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter George Ross, Timothy Logan Sadler
  • Patent number: 10149189
    Abstract: A mobile device test module enables a remote client to execute client-developed mobile device applications on a mobile device, via a communication network, to test application performance on the mobile device. The module includes a host compute board which establishes a device communication link, which can include a wireless link, with a mobile device mounted in the module and generates commands to the mobile device based on signals received at the board. The module restricts the host compute board and mobile device to device communication links between each other. The module housing can restrict device communication links with devices external to the module. The module can be installed in a slot of a chassis which can provide structural, power, and communication support to the module. The chassis includes interface clusters which each can support various modules installed in the slots and can support redundant links with an installed module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter George Ross
  • Patent number: 10130018
    Abstract: A computing system includes a chassis, one or more backplanes coupled to the chassis. Computing devices are coupled to the one or more backplanes. The one or more backplanes include backplane openings that allow air to pass from one side of the backplane to the other side of the backplane. Air channels are formed by adjacent circuit board assemblies of the computing devices and the one or more backplanes. Channel capping elements at least partially close the air channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter George Ross, Darin Lee Frink, James R. Hamilton, Michael David Marr
  • Patent number: 10098262
    Abstract: A computer system includes a chassis, one or more hard disk drives coupled to the chassis, and one or more air passages under at least one of the hard disk drives. The air passages include one or more air inlets and one or more air outlets. The inlets direct at least a portion of the air downwardly into the passages. The passages allow air to move from the air inlets to the air outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter George Ross
  • Patent number: 10088181
    Abstract: A system for passively exhausting air from a structure includes at least one pair of modules arranged on a roof of the structure. Each module has an exhaust face on one side and a sloped surface on the opposite side, and can receive exhaust air that flows upward from inside the structure. The modules can be arranged in pairs facing one another, with one of the sloped surfaces facing a direction of an environmental flow of air, so that the environmental air can flow up the sloped surface of one module and down the sloped surface of the other module without impinging on the exhaust faces of either module. The pairs can also be arranged side-by-side in an array, which can be expanded with additional pairs of modules to exhaust from the structure at a greater rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert David Wilding, Peter George Ross, Geri-Ann Quinlivan, Alan Donald Gillooly, Sean Patrick Abbott
  • Patent number: 10072859
    Abstract: An inverted exhaust plenum module exhausts air from an enclosure into an ambient environment while mitigating airflow restrictions caused by ambient wind conditions, particularly headwinds impinging on exhaust vents. The plenum module includes wall elements that extend downwards from separate edges of two separate roof elements of the enclosure, forming a plenum between the wall elements that is open at the top. Exhaust vents in the wall elements exhaust air from the enclosure into the plenum to circulate into the ambient environment via the top of the plenum. By exhausting air into a plenum that extends beneath roof elements, the vents are at least partially obscured from ambient winds that might otherwise impinge on the vents. A wing element can be installed to induce exhaust airflow via lowering air pressure at the top of the plenum. The plenum module can be a separate module that is coupled to a structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: AmazonTechnologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Thomas Phillips, Robert David Wilding, Brock Robert Gardner, Peter George Ross, Timothy Logan Sadler
  • Patent number: 10037061
    Abstract: A multi-stage air moving system for cooling servers in a rack includes a rack-level air moving device that moves air through the rack, one or more server-level air-moving devices that move air through one or more of the servers, one or more sensors, and an air flow control system. The sensors sense characteristics of air in the rack. The air flow control system includes one or more controllers. The one or more controllers control the rack-level air-moving device and the server-level air moving devices in response to one or more sensed characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajan Panchapakesan, Peter George Ross
  • Publication number: 20180209404
    Abstract: A data center includes computing devices, an air handling system, a heat engine, and a generator. Air moved by the air handling system flows across heat-producing components in the computing devices in the data center. Heat from air that has flowed over the heat-producing components heats a hot section of the heat engine. The heat engine generates mechanical work based on a temperature differential between a hot section of the heat engine and a cold section of the heat engine. The generator generates electricity from the mechanical work generated by the heat engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter George Ross
  • Publication number: 20180184548
    Abstract: A data center may include a tape library rack module along with rack computer systems. The rack computer systems may be configured to provide computing capacity within a data center environment. In some embodiments, the tape library rack module may include an enclosure encompassing an interior of the tape library rack module, a rack within the interior, and a tape library unit mounted on the rack. The tape library rack unit may include tape cartridges configured to store data within a tape environment that is different than the data center environment. The tape library rack unit may be within a portion of the interior that is enclosed such that it is environmentally isolated from the data center environment. In some examples, the tape library rack module may include a cooling unit and/or a humidifier unit, which may provide the tape environment to the environmentally isolated portion of the interior of the tape library rack module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Darin Lee Frink, Kevin Bailey, Peter George Ross, Bryan James Donlan, James Caleb Kirschner, Mary Crys Calansingin, Paul David Franklin, Mastaka Kubo
  • Patent number: 10004165
    Abstract: A humidification assembly includes an enclosure, for example, arranged around a component of a datacenter. A base extends through a wall of the enclosure. Inside the enclosure, the base includes a well. Outside the enclosure, the base receives a container having a total volume that includes water and air. Water may flow from the container through a passage in the base to the well, for example, until equilibrium is reached and a predetermined water level in the well is thereby maintained. Water from the well thus provides a replenishing source of water to be evaporated for humidifying the air within the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technnologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Bailey, Felipe Enrique Ortega Gutierrez, Mary Crys Calansingin, Darin Lee Frink, Peter George Ross
  • Patent number: 9997955
    Abstract: A multi-input uninterruptible power system (UPS) includes a primary power circuit, a secondary power circuit, and a diode circuit. The primary power circuit and the secondary power circuit include rectifiers that convert AC power into DC power. A diode circuit is electrically coupled between the secondary power circuit and an internal bus of the multi-input UPS. The diode circuit prevents backflow of power into the secondary power circuit when electrical power is received from a primary power source electrically coupled to the primary power circuit and allows electrical power from a secondary power source electrically coupled to the secondary power circuit to flow to the internal bus when electrical power is not being received from the primary power source. An outlet of the multi-input UPS electrically coupled to the internal bus is electrically coupled to a group of electrical loads of multiple groups of electrical loads in a data center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter George Ross, Michael Phillip Czamara, Brock Robert Gardner, Osvaldo P. Morales
  • Patent number: 9992913
    Abstract: A data center includes one or more racks, one or more computing devices coupled to at least one of the racks, and one or more air moving devices. The computing devices include heat producing components. The computing devices may be inclined in the rack such that the lower ends of the computing devices are at a lower elevation than the higher ends of the computing devices. The air moving devices can move air from the lower end of the inclined computing devices to the higher end of the inclined computing devices such that heat is removed from heat producing components in the inclined computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Phillip Czamara, Osvaldo P. Morales, Peter George Ross
  • Patent number: 9929554
    Abstract: A power busway interposer enables a power busway assembly of energized busway segments to be extended, via coupling additional busway segments to the assembly, while maintaining energization of the assembly. As a result, a power busway assembly providing power support to electrical loads can be extended while maintaining power support to the electrical loads. The interposer includes separate sets of connectors that couple with separate busway segments and a switching device which selectively electrically couples the connectors, so that a power busway connector can be de-energized while another separate power busway connector is coupled to an energized busway segment and then subsequently energized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter George Ross, Robert David Wilding, Stephanie Towner, Giorgio Arturo Pompei
  • Patent number: 9920750
    Abstract: A data center includes computing devices, an air handling system, a heat engine, and a generator. Air moved by the air handling system flows across heat-producing components in the computing devices in the data center. Heat from air that has flowed over the heat-producing components heats a hot section of the heat engine. The heat engine generates mechanical work based on a temperature differential between a hot section of the heat engine and a cold section of the heat engine. The generator generates electricity from the mechanical work generated by the heat engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter George Ross
  • Publication number: 20180070475
    Abstract: A computer system includes a chassis, one or more hard disk drives coupled to the chassis, and one or more air passages under at least one of the hard disk drives. The air passages include one or more air inlets and one or more air outlets. The inlets direct at least a portion of the air downwardly into the passages. The passages allow air to move from the air inlets to the air outlets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Inventor: PETER GEORGE ROSS