[Beowulf] 'liquid cooled' racks

Richard Walsh rbw at ahpcrc.org
Wed Dec 6 09:07:41 EST 2006


Jim Lux wrote:
> At 03:45 PM 12/5/2006, Richard Walsh wrote:
>> Greg Lindahl wrote:
>>> On Tue, Dec 05, 2006 at 12:11:07PM -0600, Richard Walsh wrote:
>>>> One of the key innovations on the Cray X1 is that the circuits are 
>>>> "on the ceiling"
>>>> so to speak and sprayed from below.  The fluid is gravity collected 
>>>> and cycled up again.
>>> This technology predates the X1 by a while.
>>>
>>    Mmm ... I did not know that ... in a reasonably successful 
>> commercial product (i.e. an innovation, rather
>>    than a mere invention)?   What was/is/were/are the product(s)?
>>    Perhaps outside of HPC ...
>
> This has been around for quite a while (decades at least).  It was in 
> a Fluorinert brochure back in the mid 80s that I recall.  There's also 
> versions with ebullient (boiling) cooling.  There might even be high 
> power vacuum tubes cooled this way, although I think they either tend 
> to use a cooling jacket or a boiler, as opposed to spraying).
>
 This is drifting away from the useful, but I was asking what other 
successful HPC (or computing generally)
 product has used a spray-cool, gravity collection system the like Cray 
X1.  I am not saying there isn't one, just
 asking someone to tell what it is.

 And as a side note, to me innovation implies successful commercial 
application ... I understand that evaporation
 is a cooling process ... ;-) ...

 rbw

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