[Beowulf] oil immersion cooled blades

Prentice Bisbal prentice at ias.edu
Thu Mar 15 18:57:27 PDT 2012


On 3/14/2012 6:02 PM, Mark Hahn wrote:
>> Server blades in oil
>
> sounds like some brutalist take on molecular gastronomy!
>
>> Hardcore Computer LSS 200
>
> http://www.hardcorecomputer.com/Resources/assets/Documents/LSS-specs.pdf
>
> seems kind of uninspiring, in hardware specs.  1366 socket, not 2011,
> optional fast network, gpu, etc, builtin ipmi.  8x in 5U, so not really
> a density play.
>
> I guess I'm a bit skeptical about the utility of this approach -
> would be nice if they had some technical literature.  something about
> thermal resistance.  define how the oil bath dumps the heat (water
> hookups in the back?)  comparison to modern heatpipe-based solutions, etc.

No need for water hookups. You can circulate the oil through an oil to 
air heat exchanger. That's what those green cooing guys at the SC 
conferences do.

Prentice



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