[Beowulf] More about those underwater data centers

Benson Muite benson.muite at ut.ee
Mon Nov 5 00:30:40 PST 2018

Some power transformer oils do work - but performance measurements,
performance/price evaluation and long term system durability studies
seem to be lacking.

On 11/5/18 10:16 AM, Tony Brian Albers wrote:
> Salt water is highly corrosive, that's why people use mineral or
> silicone oil.
> I've heard of people trying to use power-transformer(the ones on
> electrical grid substations) oil, but I don't know if it worked.
> /tony
> On Mon, 2018-11-05 at 06:27 +0000, jaquilina at eagleeyet.net wrote:
>> 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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