Green Revolution Cooling (GRC) and Intel have signed a multi-year partnership to help the global data center sector decrease the environmental effect of digital infrastructure. Intel and GRC are collaborating with data center clients to develop and implement enhanced liquid immersion cooling solutions in future data centers.
As more processing power is crammed onto servers to support compute-intensive applications like artificial intelligence (AI), data center operators across the world are attempting to boost efficiency while simultaneously increasing computing, all while maintaining a smaller footprint, stated Intel and GRC. The companies’ engineering teams are therefore working together to verify the safety and reliability of immersion cooling technologies, as well as optimize system performance of immersion-cooled racks using Intel Xeon Scalable processors.
GRC and Intel are able to align their technology with client demands and evaluate solutions through combined end-customer engagements. Additionally, the firms are collaborating to educate the industry on the advantages of liquid immersion cooling technology through instructional webinars, a planned podcast series, as well as a white paper.
“Our collaboration with GRC aligns with Intel’s goal of supporting cutting edge technologies that provide increased efficiency and density for data center and edge deployments,” said Mohan Kumar, Senior Fellow, Intel Corporation. “Through this collaboration, we are able to provide customers with custom solutions to meet their computing and cooling needs to help ensure that data centers operate in a more environmentally sensitive way.”
Faster Thermal Transfer Rates
The cooperation between Intel and GRC would also work to guarantee that when new fluid formulas hit the market, data centers can be certain that they fulfill safety, material compatibility, and thermal performance criteria.
While air cooling has long been the preferred cooling method in data centers, there comes a threshold at which it cannot compete with more effective cooling technologies due to power density and geographic location, stated GRC and Intel. Liquid immersion cooling would take use of faster thermal transfer rates to provide high-density rack cooling that can be both efficient and cost-effective.
“For many years we have had a valuable relationship with Intel. We are thrilled to share this partnership publicly with the entire data center industry,” said Peter Poulin, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at GRC. “As our world increasingly depends on digital tools, data centers have an opportunity to reduce their impact on the environment. Designed in direct response to joint customer engagements, this collaboration represents our commitment to raise awareness of this opportunity and create more sustainable, energy efficient data center solutions.”
GRC’s unique liquid immersion cooling technology is designed to help enterprises save money on data center design, construction, energy, and maintenance by removing the need for chillers, CRACs, air handlers, humidity controllers, and other traditional cooling components. GRC’s solutions are used in twenty countries and are appropriate for next-generation application platforms such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, high-performance computing (HPC), 5G, and other edge and core computing. Their solutions would be ecologically robust, sustainable, and space-saving, allowing them to be deployed quickly in nearly any place.