Heat pipes?

Bob Drzyzgula bob at drzyzgula.org
Tue Jun 5 06:49:21 EDT 2001


On Mon, Jun 04, 2001 at 11:36:06PM -0500, Bari Ari wrote:
> Bob Drzyzgula wrote:
> 
> > list? -- that some entrepreneurs were proposing to
> > set up a massive web hosting facility on the North
> > Slope of Alaska, largely to reduce cooling costs...
> > 
> > --Bob
> > 
> If you're already in Alaska it would seem to make sense. Locating next 
> to a lake would also do the trick if your demands were that high.

Perhaps they were already in AK, I don't know. I recall
that the plan involved running dedicated fiber along
the oil pipeline right-of-way...

> Using forced convection along with sensible conduction cooling 
> techniques allow for even large clusters to be used in areas where the 
> ambient temperatures may be 40 C. So you could still run your TFLOP 
> machine with the windows open in Phoenix during mid July. Though running 
> it in Fairbanks at 10 C would bring up the MTBF a notch :-)

In Pheonix you probably *could* get away with it.
In Washington, DC, I expect that you'd violate the
humidity specs for the equiment. Heck, in DC, the
racks would probably rust out... :-)

--Bob

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