Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Intel, 3M, SGI Optimize Immersive Cooling for Data Centers

3M, Intel and SGI have developed a fully functional supercomputer that leverages two-phase immersion cooling technology from 3M to slash cooling costs by up to 95% compared to conventional forced air + evaporative cooling methods.

In this proof-of-concept, SGI ICE X, the fifth generation of the world's fastest distributed memory supercomputer and the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 hardware are placed directly into 3M Novec Engineered Fluid.

“As the backbone of the data economy, modern data centers must increase the raw performance they deliver, but also do so efficiently by containing power consumption and operating costs,” said Charles Wuishpard, vice president, data center group and general manager, Workstation and High Performance Computing at Intel. “Intel is continually innovating and improving microprocessor technologies to meet today’s datacenter demands and is working with companies like 3M and SGI to explore advanced cooling technologies that improve energy efficiency in datacenters while also containing operating costs.”