[Beowulf] clustering using off the shelf systems in a fish tank full of oil.
prentice at ias.edu
Wed Dec 28 07:40:57 PST 2011
There has been a company at the SC conferences for the past 3 years
trying to sell exactly that (server cooling by submersion in mineral
oil) for the past 3 years.
In my opinion it, suffers from a few major problems:
1. It's messy. If you every have to take hardware out of the oil to
repair/replace, it's messy. The oil could drip all over, creating safety
hazards. And if you need to remove a hardware component from a server,
good luck! Now that everything is oily and slippery, there definitely
will be a problem with that hard drive once it flies out of your hands,
even if there wasn't a problem with it before!
2. The weight of the mineral oil. Despite the density of current 1-U and
blade systems, I still think that air makes up a not-significant
percentage of volume of the full rack. Fill that space with a liquid
like mineral oil, and I'm sure you double, triple, or maybe even
quadruple the weight load on your datacenter's raised floor.
On 12/23/2011 2:32 PM, Jonathan Aquilina wrote:
> I am just curious as to everyones take on this
> Being able to over clock the systems how much more performance gains can
> one get out of them
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