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Zero-emission Datacenters: Concept and First Steps

Presenters:
Bruno Michel  (IBM Zurich Research Laboratory)
T. Brunschwiler  (IBM Zurich Research Laboratory)
B. Smith  (IBM Zurich Research Laboratory)
E. Ruetsche  (IBM Zurich Research Laboratory)
Masterworks Session
Green HPC I
Thursday,  01:30PM - 02:15PM
Room 18A/18B/18C/18D
Abstract:
High-performance liquid cooling allows datacenter operation with coolant temperatures above the free cooling limit in all climates, eliminating the need for chillers and allowing the thermal energy to be re-used in cold climates. We have demonstrated removal of 85% of the heat load from high performance compute nodes at a temperature of 60ºC and compare their energy and emission balance with a classical air cooled datacenter, a datacenter with free cooling in a cold climate zone, and a datacenter with chiller mediated energy re-use. We show that our concept reduces the energy consumption by almost a factor of two compared to a current datacenter and reduces the carbon footprint by an even larger factor. Our energy re-use concept can be demonstrated most effectively in terms of cost and energy savings in a homogeneous high performance computing environment.
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