High-Powered Processors and More Advanced Cooling Requires New Infrastructure Solutions

Artificial intelligence. Machine Learning. High-speed and high-performance computing. What do they all have in common?
  
Among other things, they all require advanced processor design. Which in turn means high power densities. Which will lead to a proliferation of these high-powered processors. Do you see where this is going? Exactly. Temperature increases in the data center. That could prove at the very least costly and at the their peak, fatal to these critical systems.
  
And now one might wonder how exactly is this going to impact the data center design, in terms of the cooling infrastructure these types of machines require? Once we answer that, we can’t help but ask ourselves how quickly do data centers need to adopt the new cooling topologies, so this trend will not catch us unprepared?
  
Check out the videos below where Vertiv’s leading Thermal Management experts share their perspective on how to futureproof the cooling infrastructure within your critical facility and be ready ahead of time.

High-Power Processors and Advanced Cooling

  

Vertiv experts have once again revealed the top trends we forecast will shape the data center landscape. In this video, Steve Madara, Vertiv Vice President of Global Thermal Sales, talks about expected proliferation of higher-powered processors, the innovative approaches to cooling those processors, and how our customers are preparing for the change.

High-Power Processors and Advanced Cooling

  

Significant increase in high-powered processors to support AI, IoT and other applications require innovation in cooling technologies. What can we expect this year?

How much time do I have until I’ll need this advanced cooling infrastructure up and running?

  

Well, you still have time to get your cooling infrastructure ready for these high-powered processors. They’re not here yet. But don’t count on that. Because the clock is indeed ticking. Fast. So, you’d be better off knowing how exactly should you prepare for it.

As you are well aware of, some high-density racks can be air-cooled, while some require liquid cooling, due to the different design of the machines. It depends on your data center design, flexibility, business model and several other factors which one better fits your needs.

The new generation of high-powered processors might need liquid cooling for the servers. And there are two types of this kind of cooling infrastructure:

  • Bringing the liquid to the heat exchanger, that sits directly on the chip or processor. This thermal system will remove 60-70% of the heat within the servers.
  • And the total immersion cooling. Which, yes, means fully immersing the server into a dielectric fluid. This one will remove 100% of the heat from your servers. All of it.

Air-cooled high-density racks may be an option for these processors as well, but they might just require special pods to remove the heat.

These new thermal challenges will have a pretty big impact on data center design and require changes whether the high density racks are air- or liquid-cooled. However, there are benefits that outweigh the concerns such as higher efficiency and better performance. Follow Vertiv to learn more as this trend unfolds.


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