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Microsoft Tests New Liquid Cooling System for The Data Center

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2021/04/07 02:04:41 (permalink)
Microsoft Tests New Liquid Cooling System for The Data Center | TechPowerUp
 
Microsoft employees are trialing a novel new immersive cooling system for their data center servers involving boiling liquid. Microsoft has looked to this two-phase closed-loop system as a solution to increasing power requirements from components. The cooling system features large vats where servers are submerged in a specially designed fluid from 3M which is harmless to electronics and boils at just 50°C (122°F). The heat from the servers is transferred to the fluid which boils and carries the heat away without any risk of overheating. The vats each contain a condenser that comes in contact with the gas cooling it down into a liquid and falling back into the loop. Microsoft claims that this new cooling approach will improve efficiency and sustainability through increased utilization of resources.
 
Of course what is not mentioned in the article is the costs involved. In my opinion this is only worthwhile if the costs of the conversion is not too high. 

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    Re: Microsoft Tests New Liquid Cooling System for The Data Center 2021/04/07 04:25:42 (permalink)
    I remember years ago the submerged PC's in mineral oil, etc... was starting to get headlines...but to have a large company introduce it in Datacenters seem like a real mess & hassle to maintain in the long run, versus just having awesome A/C units for the rooms.

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    Re: Microsoft Tests New Liquid Cooling System for The Data Center 2021/04/07 10:32:54 (permalink)
    Right out of a sci-fi movie.  Imagine all your server gear in a room sized vat of green goo.
     
    Like freaking "Minority Report" or something.
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    Re: Microsoft Tests New Liquid Cooling System for The Data Center 2021/04/07 12:25:49 (permalink)
    I was gonna say it reminds me of Sunshine & a frozen Chris Evans...
     
     


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    Re: Microsoft Tests New Liquid Cooling System for The Data Center 2021/04/07 18:52:35 (permalink)
    aka_STEVE_b
    I remember years ago the submerged PC's in mineral oil, etc... was starting to get headlines...but to have a large company introduce it in Datacenters seem like a real mess & hassle to maintain in the long run, versus just having awesome A/C units for the rooms.




    Nope, liquid cooling is considerably cheaper if you pipe the hot liquid out of the building to external heat exchangers. Instead of needing to power AC compressors you can just power pumps, and the electrical savings adds up significantly. I think GRC was the other company... Gamers Nexus had some footage of their units at one datacenter in action. The power savings from swapping AC units to basic pumps alone was enough to allow the data center to add additional racks full of still more servers to the facility. 


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