Patents by Inventor Peter George ROSS

Peter 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).

  • Publication number: 20210218625
    Abstract: A portable data center is configured to be transported with installed computing devices between a first location and a second location. A tethered networking device of the portable data center can be deployed to provide a consistent interface for connecting computing devices at a first location with computing devices of the portable data center. Large quantities of data stored in the computing devices at the first location can be transferred to computing devices of the portable data center and the portable data center storing the transferred data can be transported to a second location where the stored data is transferred from the portable data center to one or more computing devices at the second location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2021
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Darin Lee Frink, Peter George Ross, Frank Charles Paterra
  • Patent number: 11026350
    Abstract: A modular computing system for a data center includes one or more data center modules including rack computer systems. An electrical module is coupled to the data center modules and provides electrical power to computer systems in the data center modules. The data center modules do not include any internal active cooling systems and cannot be coupled with any external active cooling systems. A data center module directs ambient air to flow into intake air plenums extending along intake sides of the rows of racks, through the rows of racks into exhaust plenums extending along exhaust sides of the rows of racks, and out into the ambient environment to cool computer systems in the racks. Directed airflow can be lateral, vertical, at least partially driven by air buoyancy gradients, at least partially induced by air moving devices internal to computer systems in the rows of racks, thereof, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Chadwick Towner, Kraig Knight, John William Eichelberg, Peter George Ross
  • Patent number: 10965525
    Abstract: A portable data center is configured to be transported with installed computing devices between a first location and a second location. A tethered networking device of the portable data center can be deployed to provide a consistent interface for connecting computing devices at a first location with computing devices of the portable data center. Large quantities of data stored in the computing devices at the first location can be transferred to computing devices of the portable data center and the portable data center storing the transferred data can be transported to a second location where the stored data is transferred from the portable data center to one or more computing devices at the second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Darin Lee Frink, Peter George Ross, Frank Charles Paterra
  • Patent number: 10939575
    Abstract: A system for performing computing operations includes a rack, one or more shelves coupled to the rack, and two or more computing modules. Each computing module may include a chassis, one or more circuit board assemblies in a primarily vertical orientation, and one or more hard disk drives in a primarily vertical orientation. The circuit board assemblies and the hard disk drives are coupled to the chassis of the computing module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter George Ross, Darin Lee Frink
  • Publication number: 20210026794
    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: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Darin Lee Frink, Peter George Ross
  • Publication number: 20200366127
    Abstract: A power distribution grid for a facility, such as a data center, is located within the facility. The power distribution grid includes a plurality of power transport elements arranged in a grid pattern and nodes located at intersections of the grid pattern. Electrical loads are supplied power via respective nodes of the power distribution grid. Also, each node is supplied power from more than two transport elements, such that one or more transport elements can fail and electrical loads connected to a particular node associated with the failed transport elements continue to receive electrical power supplied to the particular node from at least two different transport elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter George Ross
  • Patent number: 10831251
    Abstract: A switching assembly selectively routes power received from upstream power distribution systems over power transmission lines to a downstream electrical load using data signals communicated to the assembly from the power distribution systems over the power transmission lines. The switching assembly monitors information in the data signals to determine conditions in the upstream power distribution systems. The switching assembly can use the conditions in the power distribution systems and monitored power feed characteristics of power received at the switching assembly to determine whether to command a switching mechanism to switch the power feed routed to the load. Power system conditions can be used to adjust tolerance thresholds against which power feed characteristics are compared to determine whether to command a switch. The switching assembly can include an interposer device that controls the switching mechanism based on analysis of data signals received over the power transmission line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter George Ross
  • Patent number: 10834838
    Abstract: A data center infrastructure module enables multiple data center infrastructure systems to be simultaneously installed in a data center (as opposed to sequentially installing the respective data center infrastructure systems). The data center infrastructure module includes a collapsible frame and one or more data center infrastructure system components coupled to the collapsible frame. The data center infrastructure module may be pre-assembled remotely from a data center location and may be transported to the data center location in a collapsed state. At the data center location, the pre-assembled data center infrastructure module may be expanded and installed between self-standing frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter George Ross, Robert David Wilding
  • Patent number: 10826321
    Abstract: A power busway tap box with integrated uninterruptable power supply (UPS) functionality is enabled. A busway may be utilized to distribute electrical power throughout a data center. A busway tap box may incorporate one or more components providing UPS functionality. When the busway is distributing alternating current (AC) power, the tap box may incorporate a rectifier, an electrical energy storage device (e.g., a lithium-ion battery), and an inverter. The tap box may keep a substantially conventional form factor, or an extended form factor to accommodate larger electrical energy storage device sizes. The busways may run overhead in a data center and the tap boxes may physically couple with the overhead busways and be disposed beneath them. By distributing the UPS functionality throughout the data center, the impact of UPS failures may be lowered and/or environmental maintenance costs may be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brock Robert Gardner, Peter George Ross
  • Patent number: 10813252
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Darin Lee Frink, Kevin Bailey, Peter George Ross, Bryan James Donlan, James Caleb Kirschner, Mary Crys Calansingin, Paul David Franklin, Masataka Kubo
  • Patent number: 10803002
    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: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Darin Lee Frink, Peter George Ross
  • Patent number: 10772238
    Abstract: A cooling apparatus for a container-based data center includes an air handling housing, at least one movable louver, a filter and a fan. The housing is configured for suspending from a ceiling of the container and comprises at least one heat exchanger. The louver is movable to direct air flow along different paths within the housing according to a selected operating mode. The fan is positioned in the housing and controllable according to the selected operating mode. The heat exchanger is configured in a self-contained water chilling circuit positioned within the container for use in a closed loop mode. The apparatus is convertible for use in an economizer mode that draws outside air into the container. An optional auxiliary heat exchanger element has a cold side heat exchange portion positioned outside the container and a connection through the ceiling to a hot side heat exchange portion positioned within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter George Ross
  • Patent number: 10734837
    Abstract: A power distribution grid for a facility, such as a data center, is located within the facility. The power distribution grid includes a plurality of power transport elements arranged in a grid pattern and nodes located at intersections of the grid pattern. Electrical loads are supplied power via respective nodes of the power distribution grid. Also, each node is supplied power from more than two transport elements, such that one or more transport elements can fail and electrical loads connected to a particular node associated with the failed transport elements continue to receive electrical power supplied to the particular node from at least two different transport elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter George Ross
  • Patent number: 10624241
    Abstract: A server rack comprises a plurality of slots and a plurality of computing devices. Individual ones of the computing devices are mounted within individual ones of the slots. The server rack also comprises a plurality of slot-level thermal regulation systems. At least one of the slot-level thermal regulation systems comprises a louver corresponding to a particular slot and located between a particular computing device mounted within the particular slot and at least one fan configured to facilitate airflow through the server rack. The louver is configured to regulate airflow through the particular computing device. The at least one slot-level thermal regulation system further comprises a thermally activated unit located in an exhaust flow of the particular computing device and configured to change the angle of the louver in response to a change in thermal energy of the exhaust flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter George Ross, Christopher Strickland Beall, Felipe Enrique Ortega Gutierrez, Darin Lee Frink
  • Publication number: 20200106297
    Abstract: An internal cooling grid is mounted internal to a facility, such as a data center, and includes a plurality of fluid transport elements arranged in a grid pattern with nodes at intersections of the grid pattern. Supply and return manifolds included in the nodes receive (and return) cooling fluid from/to more than two transport elements. Thus, a failure of one or more transport elements does not prevent a node from being supplied cooling fluid from at least a first transport element and a second transport element. In some embodiments, the cooling grid may be operated at a pressure less than one atmosphere, such that any leaks that occur cause air to leak into the cooling grid instead of cooling fluid leaking out of the cooling grid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter George Ross
  • Publication number: 20200106298
    Abstract: A power distribution grid for a facility, such as a data center, is located within the facility. The power distribution grid includes a plurality of power transport elements arranged in a grid pattern and nodes located at intersections of the grid pattern. Electrical loads are supplied power via respective nodes of the power distribution grid. Also, each node is supplied power from more than two transport elements, such that one or more transport elements can fail and electrical loads connected to a particular node associated with the failed transport elements continue to receive electrical power supplied to the particular node from at least two different transport elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter George Ross
  • Patent number: 10599204
    Abstract: A monitoring system may receive data indicating work performed by a set of computing devices during a given period of time and may receive data indicating an amount of power consumed by the set of computing devices and support systems that support the set of computing devices during the given period of time. The monitoring system may normalize the amounts of work performed by different types of computing devices in the set and determine an aggregate amount of work performed by the set. The monitoring system may also determine an aggregate amount of electrical power consumed by the set of computing devices and support system that support the set of computing devices during the given period of time. A monitoring system may use the aggregate amount of work performed and aggregate amount of power consumed during the given period of time to determine a performance index efficiency for the set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter George Ross, Adolfo Bravo Ferreira, Michael P. Czamara
  • Publication number: 20200093022
    Abstract: A system for performing computing operations includes a rack, one or more shelves coupled to the rack, and two or more computing modules. Each computing module may include a chassis, one or more circuit board assemblies in a primarily vertical orientation, and one or more hard disk drives in a primarily vertical orientation. The circuit board assemblies and the hard disk drives are coupled to the chassis of the computing module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter George Ross, Darin Lee Frink
  • Patent number: 10582635
    Abstract: A portable data center is configured to be powered using one or more external power sources. The portable data center includes at least one interconnect member, at least one electrical circuit, and an electrical power bus. The at least one interconnect member is configured for connecting the portable data center to the one or more external power sources. The at least one electrical circuit and electrical power bus are in electrical communication with the at least one interconnect member and are housed within a container of the portable data center. The at least one electrical circuit is configured to convert power received from the one or more external power sources at a first voltage level to conditioned power at a second, lower voltage level. The electrical power bus distributes power from the conditioned power to computing devices housed within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter George Ross
  • Patent number: 10492327
    Abstract: A system for performing computing operations includes a rack, one or more shelves coupled to the rack, and two or more computing modules. Each computing module may include a chassis, one or more circuit board assemblies in a primarily vertical orientation, and one or more hard disk drives in a primarily vertical orientation. The circuit board assemblies and the hard disk drives are coupled to the chassis of the computing module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter George Ross, Darin Lee Frink