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IBM aims to cool chips with water

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by greenbrucelee, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. greenbrucelee
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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7439406.stm
     
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    I think it would be difficult to keep such small channels clear over the sort of time you would expect hardware to last. You will inevitably get some build up of dirt inside the cooling system.
     
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    precislely, maybe some will produce a miniture cotton bud to scrape all the grime of the insides of the pipes.
     
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    There was talks about this a while back so glad to see some more talks and possibly development. Water is a life saver and even for enabling weak air condition.

    At work not too long ago we had a new SAN system put in place and the heat from that beast could roast a chicken. Finally, had to hire some stand alone air condition to supplement but didn't help as when it got too hot it triggered the rest of the power supply turning every server off.

    Am sure you guessed, water pipe brought in to supply water to the back of the air condition and problem solved. In total we had for separate stand alone air condition blowing cool air to the back of the SAN rack including three wall mounted a/c alongside. Talk about IT going green:)
     
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    I would have thought silicon oil would have been a nice idea.

    I hate BBC articles the title suggests IBM is only just started to use water cooling, rather than coming up with a newer method of using water for cooling.


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    I can't see the problem with using water as a cooling system, I would have to assume that it would come as a complete system (rather like a power unit). Or maybe they could use some sort of gas to remove the heat (like a normal fridge).
     
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    cue asetek's vapochill.....
     
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