An overhead view of the open bath immersion cooling tank at 3M, which is filled with coolant fluid and uses a condenser system (at top) to recirculate fluid. (Photo: 3M)

Rethinking Data Center Cooling

For a long time, the data center platform stayed more or less the same. But over the years, a lot has changed.

The current industry revolves around constant connections, growing user bases and far more data. Recently, there has been increased demand for hyper-scale and High Performance Computing “HPC” run­ning on high-density hardware platforms. This demand has driven the need for more powerful and effective cooling systems.

Additionally, the cost of power – as well as increased sustainability awareness – has placed more focus on cooling system energy efficiency. This has motivated IT equipment and cooling systems manufactur­ers and data center designers to research and develop alternatives to existing cool­ing systems.

In fact, in some cases the form-factor of IT equipment has been transformed to become cooling system centric.

In this whitepaper from Intel, HP and Data Center Knowledge contributor Julius Neudorfer, we examine the various developments, emerging trends, such as liquid cooling, and functional deployments of other new cooling technologies, as well as their stra­tegic advantages.

There are numerous aspects to consider when looking at data center cooling parameters:

  • Basic Summary of Todays’ Air Cooled Systems
  • IT Air Cooled Equipment
  • Power Usage Effectiveness PUE – Hidden Fan Energy
  • Developments in Facility Cooling Systems
  • Why Liquid Cooling – Why Now?
  • Close-Coupled Cooling
  • Higher Density and Heat Transfer Capacity
  • Immersion Cooling – Mineral Oil
  • And much more!

The efficiencies of the modern data center are rapidly changing. A big part of that revolves around the ability to cool and keep the data center operating at optimal levels. The rate of innovation and change in cooling tech­nology is accelerating to meet the rising de­mands of heat loads of HPC and hyper-scale com­puting demands. While mostly driven by the need to effectively remove the tremendous amount of heat that these applications generate, which in most cases still becomes waste energy. Needless to say, energy usage and efficiency is a significant consideration for any computing cooling system, and even more so for large scale projects.

Download this white paper today to understand that when considering any type of alternate technol­ogy (IT hardware and the facility cooling system) that deviates from an industry standard, long term issues must be considered. Po­tential risks and costs or early obsolescence due to lack of technology acceptance and product market adaption are important factors to consider for your organization.

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About the Author

Bill Kleyman is a veteran, enthusiastic technologist with experience in data center design, management and deployment. His architecture work includes virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Currently, Bill works as the Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, a Stamford, CT based consulting firm.

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