Asetek Inc., a leading supplier of liquid cooling solutions for high-performance gaming PCs and workstations, has announced its entry into the data center market. The San Jose, Calif. company this week unveiled a suite of products adapting its technology for servers and racks, and is targeting the offering for the high performance computing (HPC) market, as well as financial companies conducting high speed trading.
"We have studied the server market and engaged with our customers," said André Sloth Eriksen, Founder and CEO of Asetek. "While much of what is written suggests that the problem of data center cooling is monolithic, we have discovered the need is for a diverse set of solutions to meet specific data center performance, density and efficiency objectives. Using proven Asetek technology to engineer a range of cooling solutions gives Asetek a unique ability to address the wide diversity of cooling challenges that exist in the HPC and data center market today."
Asetek's liquid cooling systems use a cold plate and pump to extract heat from CPUs and GPUs, and are deployed today in hundreds of thousands of computers, the company said. The company is providing three levels of server cooling:
- Internal Loop Liquid Cooling enables the use of the fastest processors, including high wattage processors, in high density servers.
- Rack CDU Liquid Cooling removes processor and or GPU heat from rack servers and blades out of the data center without the use of traditional computer room air conditioners or water chillers, enabling extreme densities on server, rack and data center level. The strongest value proposition however, is that the solution uses free outside ambient air cooling allowing around 50% power savings on the data center cooling cost.
- Sealed Server Liquid Cooling removes all server heat from the data center via liquid; literally no air from inside the data center is used for server cooling. This solution enables high density with high performance processors and ambient room temperature server cooling.
Liquid cooling provides a more efficient heat transfer than air, and offers potential savings to companies that can commit to a liquid-cooled design. It has been used primarily in high-performance computing (HPC) and other applications requiring high density deployments that are difficult to manage with air cooling.
Interest in liquid cooling has been on the rise as a growing number of applications and services are requiring high-density configurations. In recent years we've featured liquid cooling technology for the data center from companies including Green Revolution, Clustered Systems, Hardcore Computer, Iceotope and Coolcentric (Vette).
Asetek says its pumping systems use low pressure, which reduces failures because it puts less stress on joints and connections. The company says its liquid channels are helium integrity tested and sealed at the factory for its life time, eliminating the need for any liquid handling by the server OEM, or data center operator.
Asetek’s solutions are used by leading OEMs servicing the gaming, workstation and performance PC and data center markets. Founded in 2000, Asetek has offices in San Jose, California, Denmark and Asia.