TAG: Data centres

Hot Water Cooling


You might have read my earlier post regarding handling IT temperature, well, in this post I am bringing some new cooling technologies that use minimal power by using hot water to cool the systems. The heading may look like an oxymoron, but read further about some projects which have successfully implemented this technology. IBM’s SuperMUC LRZ SuperMUC system was built with IBM System xiDataPlex Direct Water Cooled dx360 M4 servers. IBM’s new hot water cooling technology directly cools active components in the system with coolant temperatures that can reach as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit. So how exactly are they… read more

Data Furnaces


There are many ways to hide from the winter but I recently read a paper presented in “Usenix Workshop on Hot Topics in Cloud Computing” that proposes the idea of using cloud server generated heat to warm up houses instead of a furnace or room heaters . This paper titled “The Data Furnace: Heating Up with Cloud Computing “ was co-authored by Jie Liu, Michel Goraczko, Christian Belady and Sean James from Microsoft Research and Jiakang Lu and Kamin Whitehouse, from the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia. The paper puts forward the idea of dispersing the cloud servers amongst homes instead of having a… read more

Cooling Down The IT

Inside a data centre

Computers have virtually fashioned another world for humans, with recent encroachment like cloud computing, computers have become another home for humans giving them utmost services with a very little effort, but there is a serious problem with so called “data centres” which are volcanoes inside a room, it has been found in a recent research that more than half of energy consumed by data centres are used to cool down millions of processors inside boxes. This heightened problem has caught the attention of various design firms whose major job, now is to work in reducing the power consumed to cooling… read more