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Intel is Experimenting With Fully Immersed Cooling for Computers

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Posted in Science on 11th Apr, 2014 02:04 AM by AlexMuller

Forget your watercooled gaming rig: Intel is experimenting with cooling which fully immerses a computer's electronics in liquid to increase efficiency. Intel has been working with SGI and 3M to develop systems that allow them to immerse entire supercomputers in liquid to reduce energy.

 

Their first experiments use a fluid developed by 3M called Novec: a dielectric liquid, which means it doesn't conduct electricity, allowing electronics to continue to operate as usual when submerged.

 
It's a simple idea, which is based on the physics that mean a liquid conducts heat away from objects faster than air. Intel claims that its experiments suggest that fully immersing supercomputers could slash energy bills by as much as 90 per cent, but there are challenges to overcome.
 
Most notably that means redesigning motherboards and other hardware to work most effectively under Novec. Currently, of course, they're designed to be efficiently cooled by air, and they'll be need to be arranged differently to operate most effectively surrounded by liquid.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-11
+1
Cooling supercomputers using liquid may prove to be the way to better efficiency - good progress for Intel
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-11
+2
It remains to be seen, of course, how quickly it'll get from lab bench to server room—but the fact that it even might is pretty cool. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-11
+2
Intel is doing a lot these days. Intel seems to be investing in wearable tech- indeed going beyond tablets. Recently, Intel joined Apple and Google in laying the foundation for the new concept of 'Internet of you'.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-11
+1
Yes, Intel also launched $100M venture fund to invest in smart devices and wearables in China. China is very attractive market for mobile devices and computing - clearly it is also a good place for investments and production placed nearby Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-12-26
+0
Damn, I wish I could think of sotnihmeg smart like that! Reply


 

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