America’s data centers have dramatically improved their energy efficiency, resulting in a small increase in power use during a period of explosive growth for cloud computing services.
Insights: Data Center Cooling
Cooling is one of the primary purposes of data centers. Data center cooling has been the focus of extraordinary progress, as innovations and the application of best practices have brought dramatic gains in energy efficiency. Chief among these improvements has been the use of free cooling, most notably air-side economization. Other techniques gaining traction include water-side economization, direct and indirect evaporative cooling.
At Data Center Frontier, we're also tracking innovations in liquid cooling to handle high-density workloads in high performance computing (HPC) and supercomputing. These include the use of warm water cooling, immersion cooling, phase change cooling technologies. Liquid cooling has been adopted at the row, rack and chip in different implementations.
The data center industry will have one more opportunity to offer feedback on a new energy efficiency standard for data center cooling. ASHRAE, the leading standards group for cooling professionals, has opened a fourth round of comments on ASHRAE Standard 90.4.
Microsoft says it will continue to develop its design for undersea data centers, and may deploy a larger test of its unmanned server farms on the ocean floor.
ScaleMatrix has built its data center business around a custom cabinet that supports loads of 52kW per rack and beyond. By containing and compartmentalizing workloads, ScaleMatrix effectively shrinks the data center into a single cabinet.
Ebullient Cooling has introduced a two-phase liquid cooling solution that delivers dielectric fluid directly to the processor. The data center cooling startup says it is gaining wins in the HPC sector, but also sees opportunities in the small business market.
Two cooling vendors in the field are headed to court in a patent fight. At the heart of the dispute is technology known as a heat wheel, which is gaining traction in data centers.
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In today’s discussion, our panel of three data center executives – Jakob Carnemark of Aligned Data Centers, Robert McClary of FORTRUST, and James Leach of RagingWire Data Centers – will examine progress in data center cooling strategies using aisle containment.
Does an uptick in adoption of water-chilled cooling doors signal a trend towards higher rack densities in data centers? Colovore and LinkedIn are among those implementing rear-door cooling units.