In this video from TACC, Christiaan Best from Green Revolution Computing describes the company’s immersive cooling technology and how he got the idea.
Christiaan Best was sitting in a field when the initial idea for his company took root. A friend was telling Best about the cooling systems being installed at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), where he worked, and the plans were so inefficient, so counterintuitive, that it started Best on a search for alternatives. Some months later, enjoying a meal with one of his friends at Magnolia Café in Austin, Texas, he had a eureka moment and sketched an idea for a new data center cooling system on the back of a napkin. The idea involved building a rack that could hold densely packed computer servers in a circulating bath of liquid mineral oil.