Dutch cleantech start-up Asperitas, a company that recently won the TNO Piet de Jong innovation award for its Data Center in a Box solution with servers being submerged in oil, has announced it will be showcasing an immersed cassette with Open Compute Project (OCP) servers in their AIC24 housing module at the atom86 data center in Amsterdam. 

atom86, a connectivity and colocation provider part of Schuberg Philis and operating from Amsterdam Schiphol-Rijk, is seeing an opportunity to facilitate high-density cloud customers with Immersed Computing within their facility. The innovative Immersed Computing technology delivered by Asperitas, an OCP community member, would allow for highly efficient and scalable data center infrastructure.

This OCP pilot unit, provided by hardware manufacturer Wiwynn through a partnership with Dutch OCP distributor Circle B, has been immersed for the first time during the international high-performance computing conference ISC 2017 in Frankfurt.

atom86 is particularly interested in the heat reuse potential Immersed Computing is offering, as high return water temperature up to 65 degrees Celsius is a possibility with the water chilled oil immersion technology. The parent company of atom86, Schuberg Philis, is participating in the EU Horizon 2020 CATALYST project which focus is on turning data centers into flexible multi-energy hubs.

Cloud Computing, HPC, Edge

Asperitas’ innovation – the AIC24 Data Center in a Box solution – would fit cloud computing, enterprises, edge data centers, and High Performance Computing (HPC) environments while enabling an energy reduction of up to 50 percent. Also data centers with already energy-efficient measures in place would be able to benefit from Asperitas’ energy-reducing features.

This water-cooled oil-immersion data center system delivered by Asperitas does not take up that much space. Its footprint is rather small, actually. Besides that, it can be deployed anywhere rapidly, as it is ‘plug and play’ and doesn’t require pre-installed data center infrastructure. Its highly modular features would even allow for massive deployments of interconnected Immersed Computing systems.