30 Mar '14, 9am

New Tech Keeps Data Centers Cool in Warm Climates - << Interesting but not as good as @Iceotope

New Tech Keeps Data Centers Cool in Warm Climates - << Interesting but not as good as @Iceotope

Photo: IBM Super Cool: Germany’s SuperMUC supercomputer, ranked 9th in the world, uses water to transfer heat. A similar system, iDataCool, uses the heated water to run a refrigerator and cool other computers. In a small town at the edge of the Arctic Circle, Facebook has built its first-ever data center outside the United States. Luleå, Sweden—a city dubbed the Node Pole because of the vast amounts of data traffic it will soon be fielding—has all the features to make it an ideal spot for the social network behemoth to extend its operations. It has space: Facebook’s facility occupies the equivalent of five soccer fields. It has cheap electricity: The powerful Luleå River, with its hydroelectric dams, generates an abundance of energy that the center can draw from. And it is constantly frigid: The average temperature in Luleå is a brisk 1.3°C, which makes it cheaper to cool ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/hardware/new-tech-keep...

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