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New Server Cooling Technology Deployed in Pilot Program at Calit2

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Closeup of the back of the server rack with Cool-Flo installed. The coolant flows through the tubes into the server and carries the heat out like a circulatory system.

Credit: University of California, San Diego

The University of California, San Diego's (UCSD's) California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) recently developed Cool-Flo, cooling technology that could improve energy efficiency and enable higher-performance computing.

The technology was installed in the Calit2 server room as part of ongoing research into energy-efficient data centers led by UCSD professor Tajana Simunic. The Cool-Flo servers monitor processor, random access memory, and chipset temperatures, in addition to the total power consumed by the system while running normal research loads. Cool-Flo is a server-agnostic, rack-based, direct-to-the-chip and leak-free liquid-cooling system that can be used to cool any server, and is based on rocket-cooling technology.

Although the technology was initially developed as an energy-efficient solution, the researchers found that liquid cooling enabled faster processors and increased rack densities, both of which provide improved high-performance computing. "Cool-Flo is a good fit for Calit2’s server needs given the institute’s commitment to reducing the energy intensity of campus [information technology] and improving energy efficiency," says UCSD's Steve Harrington.

From  UCSD News (CA) 
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