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Intel does math on oil-dunk test for cooler servers



September 03, 2012 – Comments (1)

This is really a cool (pun sort of intended) development. As we go more and more to cloud computing and data center usage continues to expand, a larger slice of the power grid will go here. Data center power usage will become more focused on actual data storage and less on cooling (which still eats up a lot of power) with this clever cooling approach.


Intel does math on oil-dunk test for cooler servers
September 3, 2012 by Nancy Owano

(—Intel just finished a yearlong test of Green Revolution Cooling's mineral-oil server-immersion technology. Intel has tried immersing servers in the company's oil formulation to keep the servers cool and they report good results. The Intel servers were subjected to a yearlong bath in boxes filled with the oil-based coolant. Intel's results are one more way for the Austin, Texas-based company to pass along a convincing message that dipping a data center's servers in oil is not crazy but a sane way to cool the data center's power-hungry machines. The company believes its liquid cooling enclosures can cool high-density server installations at less cost. "We can reduce cooling energy use by 90 to 95 percent while also reducing server power by 10 to 20 percent," according to the company.

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#1) On September 04, 2012 at 12:39 PM, chk999 (99.96) wrote:

The Cray-2 used liquid cooling. It was really cool to watch the waterfall they used to get the bubbles out. (Pun intended.) 

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