Asetek wins $3.5M liquid cooling contract for 2 large-scale supercomputing data centers
24-month project reportedly starts in July, with a report from the California Energy Commission to follow 12 months after.
Asetek's RackCDU (Source: Data Center Knowledge)
Jason Verge at Data Center Knowledge reports that Asetek has signed a $3.5 million direct-to-chip liquid cooling deal with the California Energy Commission (CEC) for two large-scale supercomputing data centers. According to Verge's reporting and news analysis:
"The 24-month project starts July, with a report from the CEC to follow 12 months after. It will include installation of Asetek’s RackCDU solution across 90 racks. Direct-to-chip liquid cooling will support servers from multiple suppliers. Monitoring equipment will also be installed to track energy and cost savings.
Denmark-based Asetek retrofits a server motherboard with small pipes that bring coolant to the CPUs. This is one of the approaches of direct-to-chip cooling. Others include submerging motherboards in tubs of dielectric oil or sealing server chassis and flooding it with coolant. Asetek recently reached a settlement agreement in a patent infringement lawsuit with CoolIT Systems, another liquid cooling vendor.
There has been renewed interest in liquid cooling recently, as several vendors have been predicting sky-high power densities in data centers. Densities have not risen nearly as quickly as expected, however. Air cooling has seen major advances in efficiency, while liquid cooling has remained largely favored in niche computing needs. The CEC supercomputer deal is a prime example.
Still, it’s too early to rule out a rise of direct liquid cooling in data centers in the future, as modern analytics engines need to crunch through more and more data almost instantaneously."
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