Asetek demonstrated its ISAC (Inside Server Air Conditioning) technology at SC12. This new technology eliminates the need for server room air conditioning, it works by equipping each CPU with a liquid cooler and using a radiator to cool the inside server air.
Asetek® Inc., the world’s leading supplier of liquid cooling solutions for computers announced today that it will showcase its patented ISAC™ (Inside Server Air Conditioning) reference design at SC12 in Salt Lake City, Utah - November 12-15. This is the first time it will be displayed to the public. Formal presentations and live demonstrations will be available at Asetek’s booth #4045.
ISAC™ is revolutionary, completely eliminating the need for CRAC (Computer Room Air Conditioning) in the data center. All air inside the server stays inside the server and recirculates rather than exiting and heating up the data center which also significantly relaxes the air dust quality spec inside the data center.
Each CPU is liquid cooled with Asetek’s proprietary liquid cooling while a liquid-to-air heat exchanger inside the server cools the inside server air. Each component inside the server sees the same temperature and air-flow as it would in a traditional data center install.
“While this may sound complicated on the surface, this is brilliantly simple” states Ole Madsen, VP of Engineering at Asetek. “The demonstration server we are showing here is a 100% standard Intel® H2216JFJR 2U 4 node server and besides installing our liquid cooling system we have not changed a screw, this is just engineering at its best.”
The ISAC™ server will integrate with Asetek’s RackCDU™, providing substantial data center infrastructure cost savings. Because 100% of all server heat is being transported into the water, users should expect savings of at least 60% on their cooling power bill, often with immediate payback. Because the hot water generated from the RackCDU™ can be reused for facilities heating or cooling, data center operators now can achieve EREs of <1.
“Up until now, if you wanted to remove 100% server heat by liquid, you would have to invest in very expensive and proprietary technologies with large cold plates covering the entire motherboard, memory modules etc,” said Andre Eriksen, CEO of Asetek. “ISAC has the potential to revolutionize the data center cooling market. Instead of cooling an entire building, you are now only cooling the tiny volume within each server and the associated benefits are obvious.”
In addition to saving power in data centers, the ISAC design has a strong value proposition where dust and other environmental factors are a challenge. Forward looking military operations, field operations, container data centers as well as Formula 1® paddock data centers will benefit from the sealed design.