Energy Performance Testing of Asetek's RackCDU System at NREL's High Performance Computing Data Center
In this study, we report on the first tests of Asetek's RackCDU direct-to-chip liquid cooling system for servers at NREL's ESIF data center. The system was simple to install on the existing servers and integrated directly into the data center's existing hydronics system. The focus of this study was to explore the total cooling energy savings and potential for waste-heat recovery of this warm-water liquid cooling system. RackCDU captured up to 64% of server heat into the liquid stream at an outlet temperature of 89 degrees F, and 48% at outlet temperatures approaching 100 degrees F. This system was designed to capture heat from the CPUs only, indicating a potential for increased heat capture if memory cooling was included. Reduced temperatures inside the servers caused all fans to reduce power to the lowest possible BIOS setting, indicating further energy savings potential if additional fan control is included. Preliminary studies manually reducing fan speed (and even removing fans) validated this potential savings but could not be optimized for these working servers. The Asetek direct-to-chip liquid cooling system has been in operation with users for 16 months with no necessary maintenance and no leaks.
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- Technical Report
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- National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.
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- Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP)
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- United States
- 97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING CRADA; ASETEK; COOLING SYSTEM; ESIF; DATA CENTER; DIRECT-TO-CHIP LIQUID COOLING SYSTEM; Computational Sciences
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