[Beowulf] Servers Too Hot? Intel Recommends a Luxurious Oil Bath

Lux, Jim (337C) james.p.lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Tue Sep 4 21:49:29 PDT 2012


Perhaps this is why Cray was in Minnesota?<grin.. I know it's not>

On 9/4/12 9:38 PM, "Joe Landman" <landman at scalableinformatics.com> wrote:

>On 09/05/2012 12:28 AM, Lux, Jim (337C) wrote:
>
>> But as long as we're talking quarrys and such, what about the scheme of
>> building a big pit to fill full of ice during the winter, and melting it
>> during the summer. (assuming you are in a
>> less-than-wonderful-un-California-like climate where this would work.)
>
>I bet a good business case could be made for something like this.  The
>west coast of Michigan is rich in having good wind availability and an
>excellent (and visible from space) reservoir of very cold water that
>could be used in heat exchangers to cool data centers.  Use the cool air
>during the cooler months, and the cold water during the warmer months.
>
>Given the proximity to Chicago, I'd think it would make for a good
>business to house LOTS of servers in a naturally well air conditioned
>environment.    I can't imagine that the AC bill in Secaucus and
>elsewhere in New Jersey is very pleasant.  Could ring the Great Lakes
>with these.
>
>A shame I don't have the capital to do this.  Bet we could sell out the
>space.  Without using oil, hydrogen/helium, or LN2.



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