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Asperitas Startup Brings Immersive Cooling to Datacenters

Today Dutch startup Asperitas rolled out Immersed Computing cooling technology for datacenters.

The company’s first market ready solution, the AIC24, ‘the first water-cooled oil-immersion system which relies on natural convection for circulation of the dielectric liquid.’ This results in a fully self-contained and Plug and Play modular system. The AIC24 needs far less infrastructure than any other liquid installation, saving energy and costs on all levels of datacentre operations. The AIC24 is the most sustainable solution available for IT environments today. Ensuring the highest possible efficiency in availability, energy reduction and reuse, while increasing capacity. Greatly improving density, while saving energy at the same time.

According to Asperitas, the AIC24 is designed to ensure the highest possible continuity for cloud providers. Total immersion ensures no oxygen gets in touch with the IT components, preventing oxidation. Thermal shock is greatly reduced due to the high heat capacity of liquid. The immersed environment only has minor temperature fluctuations, greatly reducing stress by thermal expansion on micro-electronics. These factors eliminate the root cause for most of the physical degradation of micro-electronics over time.

Highlights include:

  • The AIC24 is Plug and Play. A single module requires only power, access to a water loop and data connectivity to operate. Combined with its silent workings, these limited requirements enable high flexibility in deployment sites and scenarios for the AIC24.
  • Two specially designed Convection Drives for forced water and natural flow of oil, are capable of transferring 24 kW of heat from the oil while keeping all the IT components at allowable operating temperatures.
  • Maximized IT capacity, the Asperitas Universal Cassette can contain multiple physical servers. Each module accommodates 24 AUC’s, as well as 2 Universal Switching Cassettes. This currently adds up to 48 immersed servers and 2 immersed switches.

Immersed Computing is a concept driven by sustainability, efficiency and flexibility and goes far beyond just technology. In many situations, Immersed Computing can save more than 50% of the total energy footprint. By using immersion, 10-45% of IT energy is reduced due to the lack of fans, while other energy consumers like cooling installations can achieve up to 95% energy reduction. It allows for warm water cooling which provides even more energy savings on cooling installations. As an added benefit, Immersed Computing enables high temperature heat reuse.

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