We’re at the point where high-performance computing, particularly at the hyperscaler level, demands the adoption of better data center cooling methods.
Enter liquid immersion cooling, a green data center cooling method that involves directly immersing hardware in a non-conductive liquid.This way, heat generated by the hardware transfers more efficiently to the fluid. Liquids are better than air at transferring heat, so as computing demands intensify globally, air cooling systems can’t keep up.
Keep reading for a deeper dive into this newer, more effective and green data center cooling method — and why DartPoints embraces it.
How Does Data Center Cooling Work?
Traditionally, there have been two data center cooling methods: air-based cooling and liquid-based cooling. When it comes to air-based cooling, the typical approach is what’s called “cold aisle / hot aisle.” The goal is straightforward: separate the cold air from the hot air for a more efficient cooling process.
Many organizations are bringing liquid to the rack to increase the capacity and efficiency of cooling, while helping to address growing data center cooling costs. Thanks to fluid’s higher thermal transfer properties, liquid immersion cooling provides an economical, efficient method for keeping high-density racks chilled.
The recent shift to two-phase liquid immersion cooling ups the ante, adding flexibility to better manage cloud resources. Leveraging liquid cooled tanks, teams can accommodate sudden spikes in demand for data center compute. That’s because these servers can run at elevated power without risk of overheating.
It eliminates the energy consumed by server fans, delivering a significant reduction in HVAC power, as the need for air conditioners reduces. Continuous liquid cooling also slightly reduces the power consumed by CPUs. Borrowing a page from the edge computing playbook, the closer a data center places the cooling resources to the heat source, the more efficient and effective it will be.
Green is Good
Benefits go beyond streamlining company operations, however. In addition to limiting or eliminating direct water usage, two-phase liquid immersion cooling further saves on indirect water consumption by reducing overall data center energy use. Conserving water reduces the energy required to process and deliver it to homes, farms, and other businesses, further mitigating carbon emissions and conserving fuel resources. Not only does a reduction in water intake help the environment, but it’s also a benefit to any organization’s bottom line. Simply put, liquid immersion cooling is one of the greenest solutions to the burgeoning challenge of keeping up with hyperscalers’ computing demands.
Of course, a clean water shortage is detrimental to local communities, and we know that steady population growth is continuing to strain our global fresh water supply. Combined with the skyrocketing computing demands of hyperscalers to support applications such as the Internet of Things, cloud gaming, 5G and more, the data center industry needs to quickly adopt climate-saving solutions.
Sustainable Edge HPC
Alongside the adoption of hybrid solutions, data center providers like DartPoints have evolved to deliver cloud i
For DartPoints, the industry standard-setting liquid immersion cooling process enables hyperscalers and enterprises to harness high-density computing in all markets, not just Tier 1. The company allows cloud, content and network provider customers to reach a new benchmark in high-performance computing, stretching the power of their networks, with its Liquid Edge℠ platforms. The HPC technology sets the industry’s standard for the most compact, high density, low Power Usage Efficiency (PUE) data center infrastructure.
Liquid Edge platforms are designed for high-density compute to be deployed wherever it is needed while significantly reducing costs, footprint, environmental impact, and ultimately operating more efficiently than traditional methods. They empower sustainability milestones, including:
- Zero water usage
- Up to 3,000 watts per square foot
- PUEs as low as 1.028
- Footprint reduction up to 90%
- Integrated software systems
- Robotic hot-swappable capabilities for lights out operations
Based on cutting-edge two-phase liquid immersion cooling technology, DartPoints is able to deliver up to 1.2 MW of compute in only 360 square feet. Over 4,000 times more efficient than air cooling, Liquid Edge can deliver the critical IT infrastructure to power the most demanding applications. With a PUE of 1.028 and using 70% less water, Liquid Edge is the greenest cloud infrastructure available on the market.
DartPoints creates aggregated, neutral meet-me-points within local markets to exchange content and applications, optimizing performance and experience for users everywhere. Using the latest data center cooling methods, DartPoints can now deliver unprecedented edge compute capacity in 60-to-90-day timeframes across multiple real estate classes. Data center customers will continue to look for neutrality, efficiency and edge market optimization, and DartPoints edge colocation and data center sites, powered by liquid immersion cooling, will be there to meet that demand. For more information on Liquid Edge, click here.