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3M, SGI, Intel Demo Immersion Cooling for Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

3M Energy Manage3M announced the implementation of a supercomputer developed in collaboration with Intel and SGI that uses a two-phase immersion cooling technology pioneered by 3M.

In the proof-of-concept, SGI’s ICE X supercomputer and Intel’s Xeon processor E5-2600 hardware are placed directly into 3M’s Novec Engineered Fluid. The fluid is a dielectric that keeps the hardware cooled with minimum additional energy. 3M’s two-phase immersion cooling technology can reduce cooling costs by 95 percent, says 3M.

Heat also can be harvested from the system and reused for heating or other processes.

The immersion cooling technique has been shown to require 10 times less space than conventional air-cooling, says 3M, adding that the system can enable up to 100 kW of computing power per square meter.

In-depth data acquisition and evaluation of the installation will kick off this month. Additionally, the companies are working with the Naval Research Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and APC by Schneider Electric to deploy and evaluate an identical system with the intention to demonstrate the viability of the technology at any scale.



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