Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2014 - 05:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Novec, mineral oil, liquid cooling, Iceotope, 3M, PetaGen
It has been over a year since we last heard from Iceotope and their total immersion cooling system for servers but they have finally hit the market with the PetaGen liquid cooling system. Using 3M's inert liquid which is branded Novec and after working with Intel to ensure the system can handle high end processors they are ready to launch a series of cabinets and products to sell to data centers, or at least ones with heavily reinforced flooring. The weight could be a drawback for their sales people, not only are false floors going to be unfeasible there is a good chance the density of a totally immersed server will require serious support to resist the lure of gravity. The investment could be worth it, their original claims seem to have been accurate and their system can reduce the cost of cooling your servers from about 50% of your operating cost down to 2%. More attractive for some is that the waste heat is dumped into water which can heat to around 45C, enough to be recycled for building heating and other purposes to further lower a businesses operating costs. Drop by The Inquirer for a bit of the history and more information on the company that is making mineral oil obsolete.
"BRITISH SERVER COOLING FIRM Iceotope has developed a cooling system in partnership with Intel designed for high performance computing and supercomputing."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Richard Huddy discusses AMD Mantle V Nvidia CUDA @ Kitguru
- Cries of spies as audit group finds possible 'backdoor' in Bittorrent Sync @ The Register
- Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe @ Slashdot
- Microsoft issues emergency patch for bug affecting all versions of Windows @ The Inquirer
- Microsoft ending support for Windows Server 2003 expected to drive replacement of servers, say Taiwan makers @ DigiTimes
- Extreme Repair of an All-in-One PC @ Hack a Day
Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2013 - 07:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Novec, mineral oil, liquid cooling, Iceotope, 3M
The demonstration video for Novec from Iceotope features a full submerged and functioning iPhone, as well as a less expensive phone, neither of which suffered at all from being dunked in the non-conductive liquid; you should probably wipe them off before using them though. This project from Leeds University claims an 80-97% improvement in cooling efficiency over air cooling though they do not compare it to mineral oil or other exotic cooling solutions. Head over to The Register for a look at the demonstration video.
"We've seen quite a few innovative engineers who have tried to bring down data centre cooling costs, including this mad crowd who dunked theirs in a deep fryer... Now boffins at Leeds University and British start-up Icetope have invented a super cooling liquid that could create a new generation of "wet servers". They say it could cut the cooling costs of the world's server farms by 97 per cent."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- USB 3.0 problems for Intel's Haswell @ Hardware.info
- Soluble support structure can be used with any extruder-based 3D printer @ Hack a Day
- Blackberry updates Blackberry 10 OS @ The Inquirer
- Dremel 8200 12V MAX Lithium Ion Cordless Rotary Tool Review @ ModSynergy
- Philips Hue: Automated Home Lighting Gets Colorful @ AnandTech
- Moscow's speed cameras 'knackered' by MYSTERY malware @ The Register
- INVICTA 12845 Specialty Black Dial Watch Review @ NikKTec
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling, Processors, Systems, Shows and Expos | September 13, 2012 - 01:34 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: mineral oil, Intel
Intel has been dunking servers in oil for the last year and found the practice to be both safe and effective. Ironically it has been almost a year since we played around with mineral oil cooling – and when we did – we did not want to upgrade or fix anything. Intel agrees.
Intel inside, slick mess outside.
Often cooling a computer with a radiant that is not air focuses on cooling a handful of specific components and leaving the rest exposed to air. Gigabyte in their recent live presentation showed how the company reduced waste heat on the motherboard as it delivers power to the CPU as the latter likely receives more cooling than the former. With mineral oil you are able to more efficiently cool the entire system by immersing it in a better coolant than air.
This still makes Ken wake up in a cold sweat… is what we convince ourselves.
After a full year of testing servers, Intel has decided that oil immersion cooling should be utilized by more server hosts to cut costs over traditional air conditioning. In their test they used heat sinks which were designed for air and dunked them pretty much unmodified into the mineral oil dielectric. Apart from the mess of it – Intel engineers always carried cleaning cloths just in case – Intel seems to only sing praise for results of their study.
Of course Intel could not help but promote their upcoming Phi platform which you may know as the ancestor of Larabee.
Now the real question is whether Intel just wanted to shamelessly plug themselves – or whether they are looking so closely at alternative cooling solutions as a result of their upcoming Phi platform. Will we eventually see heat dissipation concerns rear their heads with the new platform? Could Intel either be sitting on or throttling Phi because they are waiting for a new heat dissipation paradigm?
Could be interesting.
Subject: Systems | November 10, 2011 - 04:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: puget systems, mineral oil, DIY, Aquarium
If you have an urge for switching your PC 's' cooling to full immersion in mineral oil you could do worse than looking to Puget Systems and their DIY Aquarium kit. For four years they have been perfecting one of the most unique PC designs on the market, mimicking the look of an aquarium right down to the overhead light and gravel at the bottom. By ordering a complete system, or picking up the parts from their parts store to build your own, you will end up with a well cooled conversation peice that you should proudly display in a prominent place. Plus it is still a working PC, even if you will be distracted from the screen by your case.
In House Manufacturing
We have seen so much demand for our aquarium kits that we have purchased our own laser cutting machine! This allows us to manufacture these kits entirely on our own, which carries a number of advantages.
- Our costs are lower, which helps lower the price to you.
- We are in full control of quality.
- We know what is needed much better that an outsourced machine shop.
- We can make MUCH more frequent design tweaks and improvements.
Up to this point, our aquarium kits have been getting bigger and more complicated with each release. The V4 kits take a step back. The size and capacity is the same as our V3 kits, but with the advantage of rapid prototyping though on-site manufacturing, we are able to create a much more finely tuned product. Instead of large bulky bracing, we cut it down to only what is necessary. Instead of dual pumps with complicated interconnects, we run a single more powerful pump. This leads to a dramatic decrease in complication, assembly, and number of parts needed. This results in less points of possible failure, and much lower overall unit price.
For those interested in the full history of this project, Puget Systems has chronicled our timeline over the last 4 years, sharing our thoughts, testing, benchmarks, and results.
Our full V4 aquarium kits, including tank, motherboard tray, pump, radiator, and all necessary wiring and tubing, are available for immediate purchase on our website. Alternately, for those looking for parts for their own DIY projects, each component of our V4 kit can be purchased separately on our parts store.