3M, SGI and Intel Showcase Advanced Cooling Technology for the "Data Center of the Future"

  3M, SGI and Intel Showcase Advanced Cooling Technology for the "Data Center
  of the Future"

    3M demonstrates two-phase immersion cooling technology to reduce water
    consumption and energy use, while increasing supercomputer efficiency

Business Wire

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- April 8, 2014

As the growth of the Internet of Things spikes so does the growth of data
traffic in the cloud, which requires data centers to deliver more performance
and storage with less energy consumption. Today, 3M is announcing the
implementation of a fully functional supercomputer developed in collaboration
with Intel and SGI that uses a revolutionary two-phase immersion cooling
technology pioneered by 3M.

Two-Phase Liquid Immersion Cooling Technology Enabled by 3M(TM) Novec(TM)
Engineered Fluid (Photo: 3 ...

Two-Phase Liquid Immersion Cooling Technology Enabled by 3M(TM) Novec(TM)
Engineered Fluid (Photo: 3M)

In this proof-of-concept, SGI^® ICE™ X, the fifth generation of the world’s
fastest distributed memory supercomputer and the Intel^® Xeon^® processor
E5-2600 hardware are placed directly into 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluid. 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.

This technique has been shown to require 10 times less space than conventional
air cooling and eliminates costly air cooling infrastructure and equipment
associated with conventional liquid cooling, making it cost effective for
large-scale data center hubs. It enables much tighter component packaging –
allowing for greater computing power in less space – and easy access to
hardware with no residue. In fact, the system can enable up to 100 kilowatts
of computing power per square meter.

This innovative technology leads to a smaller environmental footprint with
optimal computing power – important factors as the world approaches Earth Day
2014.

SGI’s industry standard high performance computing technology, coupled with
Intel’s energy efficient processors, complement 3M’s ground-breaking immersion
cooling technology that significantly reduces energy and water use and sets
the stage for the future of data centers.

“We are thrilled with the work that our collaboration with SGI and Intel has
produced,” said Joe Koch, business director for 3M Electronics Markets
Materials Division. “We applaud them for their leadership in helping us find
better ways to address energy efficiency, space constraints and increased
computing power in data centers. These advancements are a significant stepping
stone in accelerating industry wide collaboration to optimize computer
hardware design.”

In the “data center of the future” the SGI ICE X system can scale seamlessly
from tens of teraflops to tens of petaflops, and across technology
generations, while maintaining uninterrupted production workflow. The system
enables tighter component packaging and scalability, helping reduce the system
footprint. It minimizes system overhead and communication bottlenecks that can
inhibit efficiency and scalability for a wide range of applications and
customer needs.

“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
decreases 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.”

“As the backbone of the data economy, modern data centers must increase the
raw performance they deliver, but also do so efficiently by containing power
consumption and operating costs,” said Charles Wuishpard, vice president, data
center group and general manager, Workstation and High Performance Computing
at Intel. “Intel is continually innovating and improving microprocessor
technologies to meet today’s datacenter demands and is working with companies
like 3M and SGI to explore advanced cooling technologies that improve energy
efficiency in datacenters while also containing operating costs.”

By investing in advanced cooling technologies, companies such as Intel and SGI
can explore hardware designs without the heat transfer constraints of
traditional cooling, while being more affordable and less complex to build and
operate. This installation is designed to prove the viability of the two-phase
immersion technology using Novec fluids, and to validate open and future proof
platform designs.

In-depth data acquisition and evaluation of the installation will kick off in
April. Additionally, the companies are working with the Naval Research
Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and APC by Schneider Electric to
deploy and evaluate an identical system with the intention to demonstrate the
viability of the technology at any scale.

About 3M
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of
ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a
never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the
innovation company that never stops inventing. With $31 billion in sales, 3M
employs 89,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries.
For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

About SGI
SGI, the trusted leader in high performance computing, is focused on helping
customers solve their most demanding business and technology challenges by
delivering technical computing, Big Data analytics, cloud computing, and
petascale storage solutions that accelerate time to discovery, innovation, and
profitability. Visit sgi.com (sgi.com/) for more information.

Connect with SGI on Twitter (@sgi_corp), YouTube (youtube.com/sgicorp),
Facebook (facebook.com/sgiglobal) and LinkedIn (linkedin.com/company/sgi).

About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company
designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for
the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available
at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

3M and Novec are trademarks of 3M Company.  SGI, the SGI logo, SGI ICE X are
trademarks or registered trademarks of Silicon Graphics International Corp. or
its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. Intel and Xeon
are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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