Microsoft is test-driving immersion cooling technology used in bitcoin mining for adoption in its cloud. As powerful new AI hardware presents cooling challenges, Microsoft sees dunking its servers in coolant as a promising technology for future data centers.
The soaring price of bitcoin has boosted the fortunes of cryptocurrency miners, who are seeing strong profits amid surging investor interest in digital assets. Today one bitcoin miner announced a $250 million stock sale, while another is adding 47 megawatts of compute capacity.
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Bitcoin specialist Coinbase is entering the market for low-latency colocation services, a move that could signal a shift in the data center industry’s relationship with the cryptocurrency world.
Looking to capitalize on the huge spike in the price of bitcoin, cryptocurrency mining operations are seeking unprecedented amounts of electricity to launch new facilities in Washington State.
The growth of virtual reality and augmented reality may require more investment in data centers, as well as innovation in networking, perhaps employing peer-to-peer technology or blockchains.
The bitcoin mining boom has prompted a backlash in central Washington state, where a local power board has proposed a rate hike for high-density power users. Does this matter for data centers?
BitFury will use immersion cooling to manage power densities of 250kW per enclosure. It’s the largest implementation yet of immersion cooling, which houses servers in enclosures filled with fluid, and pushes the boundaries of rack densities.