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Keeping Data Centers Cool on the Dawn of Winter


  • Keeping Data Centers Cool on the Dawn of Winter


    Keeping Data Centers Cool on the Dawn of Winter


    Date added: 20 Dec 2012

    With holiday shoppers rushing to take advantage of the final week of "free-shipping" offers from online retailers, computer rooms will need to keep the air conditioning on, even though the first day of winter is two days away. With more than 33 million servers in the world, cooling the computers is an acute problem. Most data centers use 25% of their total energy to simply cool their machines. IBM's Energy Efficiency Lab in Poughkeepsie, NY. was the setting for a two-year project with the U.S. Department of Energy that ends next week, to devise new methods of cooling computers. Here, IBM engineer, Milnes David, inspects the chilled innards of a radiator-equipped IBM computer. The radiators slash the amount of energy required to cool a typical data center -- from 25% to less than 4%. IBM demonstrated the new radiator technology in June 2012, when it built the world's fastest, hot-water cooled supercomputer for the Leibniz Superconductor Center in Germany. The patented cooling technology is an option available on all of IBM's servers. (Jon Simon/Feature Photo Service for IBM) More info: Michael Corrado, mcorrado@us.ibm.com