This is great for data centers pockets and also for the environment. The only thing that I find interesting is that the article mentions running short term at those temperatures. So these setups really need to be tested long term before data centers are going to be moving in this direction.
This is ideal for data centers and pockets also for the environment. The only thing I find interesting is that the article mentions in the short run at these temperatures. Thus, these parameters should really be tested in the long term, before the data centers will move in this direction.
This is interesting.
But I'm skeptical about the real reason for this announcement. Is it just for general Public Relations?
By day I am an architect. And I have experience with high effiency HVAC systems.
One of the problems with server farms is due to the density... cutting the technology density by 1/2 provides a huge decrease in cooling requirements because you can mix more ambient air into the "hot" aisle. And during hotter weather (or locations) you can get by with a smaller (more efficient) chiller. Seems like that would be the simple thing to do, but technology tends to drive us all to distraction with squeezing more processing power into smaller and smaller units so that we miss the obvious solutions. I know the cost of the facility would increase because of the need for additional square footage, but that "first cost" would be returned by energy savings over time.
Assuming less density is not going to happen...
The thing that has always intrigued me is finding beneficial use for the latent heat. I have a project in construction right now that uses a radiant floor system to heat (and cool) the building. It has a very small server rack. But we are collecting the heat off the server rack, going through an air to water heat exchanger, and moving that heat into a storage tank so it can be used to heat the building. Of course I wouldn't be doing that if we didn't already have a storage tank... but you can see the idea. Use the heat for some good. And once you make this jump, you start to look at more efficient heat transfer situations. And so you start to think about liquid cooling at the chip. I think HP or IBM recently had a rack with integral water cooling, and some servers that integrated appropriate coolent lines. Not sure why this hasn't caught on more.
I've also wondered why large data centers were not located adjacent to large office or, better yet, senior living centers, that could use all of that latent energy for some good. Maybe in time?
Wouldn't it be great if we could combine technologies in such a way as to reduce our energy use? Why aren't the technology companies thinking like this?
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