CoolIT Systems, a leading supplier of direct contact liquid cooling (DCLC) solutions for high-performance desktops, enterprise servers and data centers, will present a session titled “Building Liquid Cooling Technology Standards” at the International Supercomputing Show in Leipzig Germany next week.
The inspiration for this session stems from the growing demand for liquid cooling in the data center. Experts agree that only liquid can deliver the necessary cooling efficiency to enable high density computing while reducing the power consumption needed to cool the data center. The benefits of liquid cooling have been documented for years but there has been some obstacles preventing widespread adoption. For example, system integrators build servers, infrastructure companies build racks and cooling containment, and facility managers spec the building requirements. Each of these very different players contributes to an overall solution but there has been very little standardization of equipment other than rack dimensions and electrical connections.
“As density targets, efficiency mandates and requirements for power reduction become increasingly difficult to meet with traditional cooling technologies, the industry has no choice but to consider alternatives. It is the responsibility of industry experts to collaborate and combine their efforts to lead the data center community to a better understanding of liquid cooling technology and integration while establishing best practices and setting standards,” said Geoff Lyon, chief executive officer and chief technology officer for CoolIT Systems.
For example, by promoting a standard dry-break quick-connect coupling and manifold solution, rack manufacturers can feel confident that since the manifolds built into the rack will support the cooling needs for a wide variety of IT components. IT component manufacturers can likewise feel confident that since the manifold connections are built to a standard, their products will be compatible with a wide range of racks.
“Developing large-scale data centers is a fast-paced industry, and the development of the corresponding thermal management systems has to be responsive to the changing needs of the industry. Working collaboratively to create standardized architecture can accelerate the development of liquid cooling solutions that meet or exceed customer expectations,” said Rusty Robertson, application specialist at Stäubli.
Enterprise customers and data center operators can equally preserve non-partisan choice of vendor when choosing the first server, the first rack or the hundredth. Competition is guaranteed, value to the customer is assured and IT design freedom is maintained. Through standardization, the promise of energy efficient liquid cooling can become a widespread reality.