"Hot" for Warm Water Cooling

"Hot" for Warm Water Cooling

Title"Hot" for Warm Water Cooling
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsHenry C Coles, Michael Ellsworth, David J Martinez, Anna-Marie Bailey, Farhad Banisadr, Natalie Bates, Susan Coghlan, David E Cowley, Nicolas Dube, Parks Fields, Steve E Greenberg, Madhusudan Iyengar, Peter R Kulesza, Josip Loncaric, Tim McCann, Greg Pautsch, Michael K Patterson, Richard G Rivera, Greg K Rottman, Dale A Sartor, William F Tschudi, Wade Vinson
Conference NameSC11
Date Published11/2011
Conference LocationSeattle, WA
Call NumberLBNL-5128E
Abstract

Liquid cooling is key to reducing energy consumption for this generation of supercomputers and remains on the roadmap for the foreseeable future. This is because the heat capacity of liquids is orders of magnitude larger than that of air and once heat has been transferred to a liquid, it can be removed from the datacenter efficiently. The transition from air to liquid cooling is an inflection point providing an opportunity to work collectively to set guidelines for facilitating the energy efficiency of liquid-cooled High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities and systems. The vision is to use non-compressor-based cooling, to facilitate heat re-use, and thereby build solutions that are more energy-efficient, less carbon intensive and more cost effective than their air-cooled predecessors. The Energy Efficient HPC Working Group is developing guidelines for warmer liquid-cooling temperatures in order to standardize facility and HPC equipment, and provide more opportunity for reuse of waste heat. This report describes the development of those guidelines.

LBNL Report Number

LBNL-5128E