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Boston IT Solutions (India) Private Limited and
Iceotope launch innovative liquid cooled servers delivering increased
energy efficiency and processing density
Solutions (India) Private Limited unveiled the latest evolution
in their range of liquid cooled servers, featuring patented "modular
liquid immersion" technology from Iceotope Ltd, that leverages the
thermal superiority of liquids to reduce the operating costs of
large-scale computing facilities such as data centre's.
Each server motherboard is completely immersed in an individually
sealed bath of an inert liquid coolant which passively transfers heat
away from the sensitive electronics to a tightly integrated heat
exchanger formed by the wall of the bath where water is continuously
re-circulated and cooled. Compared to traditional air cooling systems,
the two liquids are thousands of times more effective in capturing and
transferring heat, thereby requiring much less energy to run the
overall system as the water can be allowed to run warmer whilst still
providing adequate cooling.
Cooling typically accounts for 30% or more of electricity operating
costs in traditional air cooled data centres due to the requirement to
operate Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) units and refrigeration
plant (chillers) to circulate large volumes of cold air to the servers.
A typical air cooled data centre with around 1000 servers would require
approximately 1 megawatt of electricity to operate, of which around 300
kilowatts would be used on cooling.
The typical 3 year cooling cost would therefore be around $788,400.
By eliminating the requirement for CRAC units and reducing the need to
operate chillers by exchanging heat directly with the air outside the
data centre (so-called "free cooling"), the exclusive use of liquid
cooling could reduce the 3 year cooling cost to around $52,560; a 93%
($735,840) cost reduction compared to air cooling. By enabling servers
to be packed more tightly without compromising the cooling efficiency,
the same approach could reduce the space required for the servers by
Manoj Nayee, Managing Director of Boston IT Solutions (India)
Private Limited, stated "Boston IT Solutions (India) Private Limited
first demonstrated liquid cooling at Supercomputing in Reno (2007)
showcased in a Supermicro 1U Twin server utilising Intel's 5400
(Seaburg) based chipset. We have since taken major strides forward
working with Iceotope's technology. Not only does it reduce the noise
and power normally generated by fans at the server level but it can
also be used to totally eliminate air cooling within the server room to
deliver dramatically improved thermal efficiencies."
Dan Chester, CEO of Iceotope commented "We have been developing this
technology in stealth mode for the last 18 months with input from a
number of interested end-users and partners. We are delighted to now be
able to demonstrate the outcome of this first collaboration with Boston
IT Solutions (India) Private Limited."
The featured server is based on Supermicro's X8DTT-IBQF motherboard
featuring Dual Intel 5500 series Xeon Quad/ Dual-Core processors based
on the Nehalem chipset with advanced features such as IPMI 2.0 and an
integrated Mellanox ConnectX QDR Infiniband 40Gbps Controller with QSFP
Production systems will be available to purchase by mid 2010 with an
early access program commencing in Q1 2010. The demonstration can be
seen at Supercomputing 2009 on Booth 2355.