European tech for immersive cooling

September 03, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Europe drives immersive cooling technologies
European firms are at the forefront of the development of immersive cooling from the data centre to the edge.

Submer, Iceotope Technologies and Asperitas are all developing key technologies and relationships to drive imersive cooling technology forward in partnerships with companies such as Intel, HPE, Schneider Electric and Avnet.

With a single 1U AI accelerator using 7 to 9kW of power, a data centre rack can use upwards of 400kW, which can require signficant amounts of energy for cooling. Immersing the boards in a dielectric liquid to remove the heat can dramatically improve the perfomance of a system, both in the data centre and at the edge of the network.

Submer in Barcelona, Spain, last week announced it is working with Intel to set and accelerate industry standards for immersion cooling from the server components to the immersion fluid and platforms. 

The use of immersion is growing but to support adoption at scale standards, frameworks and guidelines around best practices for the use of the technology are key. 

Guidance from a consortium of other key industry leaders will help build a supply chain for scaling the technology to ensure datacentres are equipped to deliver a new generation of sustainable infrastructures.

Intel will focus efforts on an open standard offering that supports scalable datacentre deployments from edge to cloud and work with the industries that will deploy these solutions. Intel has a wealth of experience in building scalable ecosystems through its global partner network and has a history of manufacturing server boards and systems around its chips.

The collaboration aims to co-develop the ‘Precision Immersion Cooling Fluid Cloud’ for use in next-generation data centres using Xeon-based immersion-optimized server boards and Submer’s cooling.

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“By embarking together on a joint mission to reshape the way that the industry currently operates, we’re setting the foundations for server OEM’s and operators to  have a clear roadmap to transform the datacentre industry and achieve a significantly reduced operational footprint,” said Daniel Pope, CEO and Co-founder of Submer, which also works with Arrow Electronics.

Meanwhile Asperitas in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, last week was the first company to achieve a key qualification for liquid cooling from the Open Compute Project (OCP).

OCP is driven by Facebook, with other data centre companies such as Google and Rackspace. Asperitas has been an active member of the consortium since 2018, working on projects such as the Advanced Cooling sub-project.

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Submer and Intel are working on a standard for immersive cooling

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