[Beowulf] Re: Cooler room or cooler servers?

Jack Wathey wathey at salk.edu
Mon Apr 11 12:57:18 PDT 2005

Some overclockers have played around with this idea, for example see:


My gut reaction, though, is that it's not practical for a cluster (or even 
for overclocking, for that matter).  You still have to remove the same 
amount of heat from the room.


On Mon, 11 Apr 2005 award at andorra.ad wrote:

> Some time ago, I was thinking of using an inert liquid such as 3M's
> Fluorinert  for refrigeration. This stuff is electrically inert, has some
> heat transport capacity - and a boiling point that can be engineered into
> the 30 - 40'C range.
> The idea was to dip the mobos into a pan of the stuff, with the disks and
> power supplies outside. You are ensured that the heatsink on the CPU will
> not go over an external temperature of, for example, 34'C - no CPU fan
> needed. Idem for the mobo chipset and RAM. The whole exterior surface of
> the pan acts as a giant heat exchanger in the 2-3 sq.ft. range.
> Any gut reactions out there?
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