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With SC14 almost behind us, I would like to share a few technical details of what we are currently up to, and how this will eventually lead to a true scalable and efficient Exascale immersion cooling platform for high performance computing (HPC).

500kW in a Single 19-Inch Rack

What if I told you we took the complete 500kW Immersion-2 facility, all 20 racks and 60 tanks of it, reduced and simplified the mechanical structure further, and put all of it into a single 500kW rack? What if I'd continue, mentioning we take six of them and install them into a 40' container data center that we can ship all over the world here inexpensive hydro electricity is available in abundance? That's where we are at today and we are by no means finished.

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Since 2013 everyone and his dog knows about Bitcoin. And because one of our clients is the Bitcoin mining company ASICMiner, we've been hearing about it several times a day recently. In fact, we can't even think of any single working day without having a conversation or two about Bitcoin during the past year. We have also received calls from people at CNN and the New York Times because they thought we were the Bitcoin miners.

Here is a link to CNN's story: Inside Hong Kong's biggest Bitcoin mine

To set the record straight, we are (unfortunately) just the people who build the cooling system and provide the infrastructure, we do not produce the Bitcoins! We would probably have bought an island in the caribbean by now if we were in fact mining all those coins.

On a more serious note, NASDQ.com has a short list of famous companies that are now accepting Bitcoins: Overstock.com, Tigerdirect, Tesla, Virgin Galactic, PayPal, eBay, Wordpress, Reddit, Zynga, OkCupid and plenty of others are ready to take your coins.

Here is an infographic that explains how Bitcoins (and Bitcoin mining) works from a not-so-technical viewpoint.

 

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How do you build your next supercomputer without surrounding it with tons of hot plates, heatsinks, fans, air conditions or water pipes? Come join us at the 3M booth at SC13 in Denver and we will be extremely happy to show you how.

We'll also show you how to keep it cool with very little energy spent for cooling, and how your next supercomputer infrastructure might be the last one you have to build for a long time (immersion cooling tanks are universal, you can remove the old hardware and replace it with new one, without changing anything else).

Event Details

SC13
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, Colorado
Booth#3728
http://sc13.supercomputing.org

PS: You'll still need a water pipe or two with immersion cooling. We are working on clever ways to get rid of the piping too ;-)

 

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As you may have read in the news, the 41st semiannual TOP500 list of the world's most powerful supercomputers was announced a few days ago at the 2013 International Supercomputing Conference in Germany. Weighing in at a hefty 33.86 Petaflops on the Linpack benchmark, China's Tianhe-2 Supercomputer packs quite the computing punch, and now holds the title of "World's Most Powerful Supercomputer" - at least for the time being. It's more than 3,100,000 computing cores are made up of 16,000 nodes, each containing two Intel Xeon Ivy-Bridge processors and three Xeon Phi co-processors.

 

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With all the exciting things happening lately, I almost forgot to post this.

If you are into high performance computing or cloud gaming and GPUs, have a quick look at our Immersion Cooling Concept Design for 64 Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors and 8 HPC mainboards in the space of a suitcase. After the design was shown at the 3M booth at the HPCC-USA Supercomputer Conference in Rhode Island, we've been getting a couple of questions. Especially after AMD announced its Radeon Sky Series GPU for the cloud at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) last month, and NVIDIA showed off their GRID systems at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC), people started to connect the dots.

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We've been asked for a few real pictures of our immersion cooling systems. While our rack mountable projects are still confidential and we can't publish any photos, have a look at the gallery in the Building Immersion-1 page. And while we do indeed use glass for small immersion cooling demo setups, rest assured that our finished immersion cooling tanks don't look anything like fish tanks (you don't want a couple of Kilowatts in a glass tank, trust me).

Here are two more pictures of some of the prototypes we've built last year. As you can see, immersion cooling can be very simple, especially considering that each of these tanks can hold what normally would go into a couple of noisy 19" server racks.

 

 

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We've been working behind closed doors for a long time, but only recently we have been asked to come out and prepare a couple of presentations about the advantages and benefits of passive 2-phase immersion cooling, and why it is so elegant and efficient. One of them, a simple poster, will be used at the Supercomputing Conference (27th Annual HPCC Conference) in Rhode Island, USA, March 26-28th 2013.

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We've been spending all of last year around FPGA devices, but lately we spent a bit of time with Intel's Xeon Phi coprocessor. What took 9,298 CPUs and occupied 72 server racks in 1997 now fits on a tiny little chip the size of an iPod Nano.

This new chip, formerly called Knights Corner, delivers 1 teraflop of double precision floating point performance. And what's more, Intel promises we'll see accurate 28 days weather forecasts (!) within the decade, something we couldn't imagine just a week ago.

With a price tag of $2600, the Xeon Phi coprocessor is a HPC (high performance computing) product and not available for the every day gaming PC. While it was just released, it has already been installed in a couple of supercomputers around the world. Apparently Intel is also preparing to ship 100,000 units to China within 2013, where Tianhe-2, the world's fastest supercomputer aiming 100 petaflops, will be built.

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Global Projects

Hong Kong is one of the fastest-paced cities in the world. It has remained the world's freest economy since 1995, with low tax, no import and export restrictions, free trade and travel. Being located in the financial powerhouse and tech hub of Asia, we are well equipped to work on global projects. No matter how big, or small.

Hot & Humid

Most would consider Hong Kong's cramped living conditions, sky high property prices, and hazy skies as very challenging. When it comes to data centers, hot and humid climates are one of the biggest problems too. Hong Kong's power hungry infrastructure is a major disaster for the people's wallet and the environment. On the bright side, it's habitats like this that push companies to go the extra mile and make a change.