News Microsoft Uses Boiling Liquid to Cool Data Center Servers

hotaru251

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Der8aur also worked with a company at a show to show this type of stuff off. (it was on consumer hardware)

just hope that it becomes popular enough in server to make it to mainstream users (as there are perks of having ur stuff submerged in liquid)
 

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Old news. Cray was using a similar system decades ago to cool the XMP's/YMP's. They used freon, which bubbled like crazy when the CPU was running.
The big difference between what Microsoft is doing and what Cray did is the closed loop that MS is doing. Crays had huge liquid to liquid heat exchangers that shed heat into conventional chilled water systems. They were not known for energy efficiency :)
 

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The enclosure looks like a giant computer pressure-cooker
Exactly. Now what they need to do is to somehow attach a generator (like geothermal power generators) and they could have regenerative computing where the heat actually generates power to generate more heat.

Well, till the cooling system somehow gets a blue screen and melts down like a nuclear reactor.
 
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Both cooling systems rely on chemical reactions to bring heat from system components to cooling chambers, whether that be heatsinks or, in this case, a condenser.
Phase change is not a chemical reaction.
 

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Exactly. Now what they need to do is to somehow attach a generator (like geothermal power generators) and they could have regenerative computing where the heat actually generates power to generate more heat.
That does sound like a neat idea to reuse the waste heat from hardware. If they could pressurize the boiled medium that could spin some turbines.
 

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