Today’s Hot Technology: The Growing Necessity of Liquid Cooled HPC
Authors: Mr. Geoff Lyon (CoolIT Systems Inc)
Abstract: This BoF surrounds the necessity of liquid cooling in data center and HPC environments as increases in chip processing power propels the industry toward liquid in order to manage heat loads that are not possible with air. A panel of industry experts, vendors, and users will discuss the responsible management of global liquid cooling integration. Topics of interest include education of customers, training for and management of installations and upgrades, international service requirements, and the ongoing responsibility for every step of the innovation to be as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible despite the incredible processing power.
Long Description: For Server Manufacturers and Data Center Managers alike, it is no longer a question of whether liquid cooled data centers are a viable option, but rather of how soon liquid cooling will be a necessary element for new and existing HPC installations. Recent increases in chip processing power by manufacturers such as Intel and NVIDIA, are making the case for liquid cooling in the opinion of many industry insiders. The growth of the HPC market relies on more efficient cooling means - ultimately meaning that to harness big compute, liquid cooling is a requirement in order to manage heat loads that are not possible with air.
CoolIT Systems will host a SC16 Birds-of-a-Feather discussion surrounding the necessity of liquid cooling in data center and HPC environments. In this session our goal is to harness an interactive panel of industry experts, vendors and users in order highlight the responsible management of global liquid cooling integration. Topics of interest would include education of customers, training for and management of installations and upgrades, international service requirements, and the ongoing responsibility for every step of the innovation to be as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible despite the incredible processing power.
1) The problem - continuing the march of greater compute densities coupled with higher powered
processors is pushing beyond the boundaries of traditional cooling methods such as heat sinks
a. For example the newest Intel Xeon Phi (Knights Landing) chips push conventional heat
2) New versus existing data: what will happen to current, non-liquid cooled data rooms?
a. Integrating into existing data rooms
b. Space and power requirements
c. TCO calculations: relocation versus renovation
d. Interrupting processing during integration
3) Examine considerations/requirements when planning for essential liquid cooling:
a. Planning new data center rooms with liquid in mind
b. Will the heat trends continue?
a. Educating customers about soon-to-be commonplace liquid cooling
b. Training system integrators and installers
c. The safety of liquid and precious data and technology
a. The requirement of global, international service capacities
a. How do we continue to be efficient when power requirements continue to rise?
b. Developing industry standards
c. Environmental impact of Manufacturing materials and chemicals in mass-manufactured liquid cooling assemblies
CoolIT Systems has hosted similar BoF sessions in the past, most recently at ISC16. Attendance was roughly 50 people. It was a similar format with 7 panelists and the topic focused more on installation considerations and standards. We would hope that we could have a microphone for each panelist.
We would aim to provide a survey to session attendees, asking questions such as (but not limited too):
- job title
- purchasing power (direct/indirect)
- was this session informative (level of 1-10)
- are you in the process of planning a data center build or upgrade?
- what cooling methods are you currently looking at to manage your data center?
- would you consider liquid cooling?
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