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3M Demos Immersion Cooling with Help from SGI and Intel

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Today 3M demonstrated a new two-phase immersion cooling technology designed to reduce water consumption and energy use, while increasing supercomputer efficiency. In cooperation with SGI, the company has developed a proof-of-concept, SGI ICE X system with Intel Xeon E5-2600 hardware immersed in 3M Novec Engineered Fluid.

Through this collaboration with Intel and 3M, we are able to demonstrate a proof-of-concept showcasing an extremely innovative capability to reduce energy use in data centers, while optimizing performance,” said Jorge Titinger, president and CEO of SGI. “Built entirely on industry-standard hardware and software components, the SGI ICE X solution enables significant reduction in energy requirements for customers, lowering total cost of ownership and impact on the environment. We are delighted to work with Intel and 3M on this demonstration to illustrate the potential to further reduce energy in data centers, something imperative as we move to a more data intensive world.”

The 3M Novec fluid is an efficient dielectric that keeps the hardware cooled with minimum additional energy, maximum performance and better reliability. 3M’s two-phase immersion cooling technology can reduce cooling energy costs by 95 percent and reduces water consumption by eliminating municipal water usage for evaporative cooling. Heat can also be harvested from the system and reused for heating and other process technologies such as desalination of sea water.

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