[Beowulf] Re: Cooler room or cooler servers?

Jack Wathey wathey at salk.edu
Mon Apr 11 15:57:18 EDT 2005


Some overclockers have played around with this idea, for example see:

http://www.octools.com/index.cgi?caller=articles/submersion/submersion8.html

My gut reaction, though, is that it's not practical for a cluster (or even 
for overclocking, for that matter).  You still have to remove the same 
amount of heat from the room.

Jack

On Mon, 11 Apr 2005 award at andorra.ad wrote:

> Some time ago, I was thinking of using an inert liquid such as 3M's
> Fluorinert  for refrigeration. This stuff is electrically inert, has some
> heat transport capacity - and a boiling point that can be engineered into
> the 30 - 40'C range.
>
> The idea was to dip the mobos into a pan of the stuff, with the disks and
> power supplies outside. You are ensured that the heatsink on the CPU will
> not go over an external temperature of, for example, 34'C - no CPU fan
> needed. Idem for the mobo chipset and RAM. The whole exterior surface of
> the pan acts as a giant heat exchanger in the 2-3 sq.ft. range.
>
> Any gut reactions out there?
>
>
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