Intel Bets On Liquid Immersion Cooling For Future Data Centers

One of the main challenges facing data centers is cooling at an affordable price. For this reason, the main owners of this type of facilities do not stop investigating or allocating funds to research to optimize the heat dissipation of the CPUs and other chips of their servers. In recent times, the technologies they are betting the most on seem to be those related to air and liquid cooling. However, despite their advantages, it appears that they are not overly attractive in terms of efficiency and costs. That is why many technology companies experiment with how to optimize them, and Intel seems to go serious about liquid cooling, but by immersion.

For this, Intel has reached an agreement of collaboration with Green Revolution Cooling (GRC), a developer of liquid immersion cooling solutions. This collaboration aims to design and implement next-generation immersion liquid cooling techniques for future data centers and edge deployments, at a much more optimized cost than current solutions.

It is the second agreement related to this CPU cooling system that Intel reaches in a short time, since this past summer, at the end of August, it signed one with another company specializing in this type of technique: Submer.

The liquid immersion techniques offered by GRC so far can provide cooling performance of up to 200 kilowatts per rack, more than enough to cool up to 42 1U machines with high-performance CPUs and ultra-high-performance accelerators. To give us an idea, Intel Xeon CPUs for high-power, high-workload servers have increased their thermal design power from 165 watts per socket 5 years ago to 270 watts per socket today. This coupled with the fact that they consume more and more, which also makes them heat up more. So it’s no surprise that Intel is betting on improvements in cooling technology.

This technology, in addition to improving it, has other advantages. Thus, liquid immersion can help reduce the environmental impact of data centers, as the heat generated could be used for other purposes. For example, it could be converted into electricity.

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