RESEARCH PAPER: Dell’s Liquid Cooling Innovation for Scale-Out Datacenter Environments

By Gina Longoria - June 2, 2016
Achieving the best total cost of ownership (TCO) requires delivery of the highest possible performance at the lowest possible cost. For CPU-intensive workloads, this generally means operating the CPU at the highest achievable frequency. Heat generated by the CPU is usually the key limiter. Dell’s Extreme Scale Infrastructure (ESI) group has been working with hyperscale customers on customized liquid cooling for more than 6 years via their Data Center Solutions (DCS) team. Under the codename of ‘Triton’, Dell’s third generation liquid cooling innovation has the ability to cool CPUs with performance and power that has been almost impossible to achieve before. You can download the paper here. Triton Web Graphic   Table of Contents
  • Executive Summary
  • What is Old is New Again: The Return of Liquid Cooling
  • Cooling System Evolution on the Path to Efficiency
  • Standard Cooling Systems Today
  • Liquid Cooling Provides Advantages for Some Environments
  • Dell ‘Triton’: Multiple Generations of Liquid Cooling Innovation
  • First Generation of ‘Triton’
  • Second Generation of ‘Triton’
  • Third Generation of ‘Triton’
  • ‘Triton's’ Design Simplicity Helps Drive Efficiency
  • Projecting the Future of Dell's ‘Triton’
  • Call to Action
  • Figure 1A: Typical  IT Cooling Using a Computer Room Air Conditioner (CRAC)
  • Figure 1B: Typical  IT Cooling with Chilled Water Distribution Using a Computer Room Air Handler (CRAH)
  • Figure 1C: Centralized Chilled Water System with Rear Cooling Doors
  • Figure 1D: Centralized Chilled Water Hybrid System Sharing Chilled Water Supply
  • Figure 1E: Centralized Chilled Water Hybrid System Using a Localized Cooling Loop
  • Figure 2: Three Generations of ‘Triton’ Liquid Cooling Innovation from Dell
  • Figure 3: Dell ‘Triton’ in the Overall Datacenter
  • Figure 4: Dell ‘Triton’ Rack View
  • Table 1: PUE Drivers for Different Cooling System Methods
Companies Cited
  • Dell
  • IBM
  • Intel
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