Green Revolution Cooling (GRC) has installed a high density, liquid-cooled supercomputer cluster at The John Paul Catholic University (JPCU) in California, United States.
The system is based on Minimus, a custom server range designed by GRC using Supermicro and Gigabyte hardware, and CarnotJet, a proprietary liquid immersion unit.
CarnotJet is a four-rack tank filled with a dielectric coolant called ElectroSafe - a mineral oil in which the entire server, blades and all, is submerged.
ElectroSafe has 1200 times the heat capacity of air, and the system at the JPCU can reliably cool server densities upwards of 100kW per rack, GRC said.
With no need for raised floors, aisle containment or traditional air conditioning, liquid immersion systems are emerging as a cost-efficient way to cool high-performance IT infrastructure.
In this instance, GRC claims to have saved JPCU 90 per cent on its energy costs, compared to what it would have spent on an air cooling unit with all of its associated paraphernalia, and to have reduced the University’s server energy usage by approximately 20 per cent.
Green Revolution Cooling CEO Peter Poulin said customers are seeking to eliminate complexity and increase speed to deployment with a more integrated approach towards IT and infrastructure.
“Our partnerships with OEMs such as Supermicro enable us to deliver those integrated solutions with a compelling economic benefit,” he said.
The data centre cooling market is booming and is set to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 14.95 per cent through to 2021.
Research and Markets said the market will grow in value from $US7.12 billion in 2016 to $US14.28 billion by 2021.
The report is segmented by solution including air conditioning, cooling towers and liquid cooling.
It is also divided by region. The research firm said solutions are becoming more innovative, environmently friendly and energy efficient.
For example, Nortek Air Solutions, has decades of experience and has adopted strategies such as new product launches and acquisitions. Other vendors covered in the report include Airedale International Air Conditioning Ltd. (U.K.), STULZ GmbH (Germany) and Vertiv Co. (US).