[Beowulf] More about those underwater data centers

jaquilina at eagleeyet.net jaquilina at eagleeyet.net
Sun Nov 4 22:27:06 PST 2018

Probably a stupid question here,

What is the advantage of using salty sea water lets say over for example 
mineral oil? I have seen on you tube these guys showing that a pc will 
still run in a fish tank and all components submerged in mineral oil? 
Yes it will be messier to change components but would the use of mineral 
oil be more efficient?

On 2018-11-04 14:10, Gerald Henriksen wrote:
> On Sat, 3 Nov 2018 18:27:05 +0000, you wrote:
>> I’m not sure there’s a huge population of Xcloud-Xbox gamers in 
>> Orkney.  There's not much daylight this time of year, of course, so 
>> maybe that's what those Orcadians are up to.
> Likely just a convenient place for a second test unit.
> In a way this is just an extension of the idea/product Sun came up wth
> where they put a datacentre in a shipping container with the idea that
> you could quickly get the datacentre where it was needed.
> While I wouldn't say this won't fail, I think there is a lot of
> attraction to the concept given not just the time lag do build a
> traditional data centre (mentioned in the article), but even the cost
> of real estate in many/most places people live these days.  Do you,
> for one example, want to pay NYC rents or just throw a bunch of pods
> in the Hudson?
> I guess once you accept the idea that we no longer maintain these
> datacentres in the traditional way - we now just let hardware fail in
> place and ignore it until it's time to replace all the hardware -
> moving to smaller sealed units doesn't seem to strange.
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