A server equipped with Chilldyne's liquid cooling technology, which uses negative pressure to create a "leak proof" approach to liquid cooling for high-density servers. (Photo: Chilldyne)
Supercomputing conferences often serve as a launchpad for liquid cooling technologies. This year's SC13 conference marks the public debut for Chilldyne, a startup out of Carlsbad, Calif. that addresses one of the most common concerns about liquid cooling - the potential for equipment to be damaged by fluid leaks.
Chilldyne is a spin-out of Flometrics, a company which specializes in fluid dynamics and thermodynamics engineering for the aerospace industry. Chilldyne uses direct-to-chip warm water cooling of CPUs using modified air-cooled heat sinks. Warm water cooling is a strategy for environments that focus the cooling as close as possible to the heat- generating components, and allows you to use your chiller less, or not at all.
A distinctive feature of Chilldyne's approach is its use of a low-flow rate and negative pressure to create a "leak-proof" system in which fluid retreats from the electronics rather than spilling. In a video, Chilldyne President and CEO Pete DeAngelis provides an overview of the technology.
Chilldyne's approach includes a system of water piping that runs through the heat sink, and an exterior Cool-Flo unit that includes the pump and heat exchanger, which can connect to an exterior cooling tower.
DeAngelis says Chilldyne’s revenue model will focus on technology licensing, OEM/ODM manufacturing and indirect channel sales for server-side components.