Liquid Cooled Data Center with More Power and No Leakage

(June 29, 2016) Recently, eBay, Dell, and Intel claimed to have made “major strides in channeling the potential of liquid cooling” to enable greater processing power without excessive consumption “that could have implications for the hyperscale and web services market”, according to

eBay, the world’s largest online marketplace, which handles more than 1 billion transactions per day and has nearly 95 million global active users, has “made the decision to commit to water cooling in partnership with Dell and Intel” to “pack more power at a lower cost”, reported EnterpriseTech.

“Key to the project is the anti-leakage provisions engineered into the liquid cooling capabilities of Triton […], Dell’s rack-scale infrastructure for hyperscale implementations, combined with a customized 200W Intel Xeon processor E5 v4, which provides significant performance increases over the highest performing Intel Xeon processor on the market today – and generates a lot of heat,” explained EnterpriseTech, “The result: according to Dell, Triton’s ability to sub-cool the processor and operate at higher frequencies means it can deliver for similar costs nearly 60 percent greater performance than Intel’s Xeon E5-2680 v4. Compared with average air-cooled data centers, Triton uses 97 percent less cooling power and has a power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.02 to 1.03.”

Austin Shelnutt, principal thermal engineer at Dell, said, “We have a very elaborate leak mitigation system within the rack […] that starts with every blade or server. We have leak detection and leak containment, and the ability to turn off water within the individual blades within the chassis itself, and the rack itself, depending on where a leak detection occurs, to isolate the splash zone.”

Dell built the data center cooling solution that eBay will be using, claiming that, with Triton, it is the “first major vendor to safely bring facility water directly in each server sled to cool the CPU”, delivering “cooling along with the lowest water consumption of any liquid cooled solution,” according to EnterpriseTech.

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