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CoolIT Selected to Host Birds of a Feather (BoF) Session at ISC13

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Posted June 11, 2013 by Kevin in Cooling

CALGARY, Alberta, Canada – June 11, 2013

CoolIT Systems Inc., a leading supplier of direct contact liquid cooling (DCLC) solutions for high-performance desktops, enterprise servers and data centers has been selected to present a session titled “Building Liquid Cooling Technology Standards” at the International Supercomputing Show in Leipzig Germany on Tuesday June 18th from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

The inspiration for this BoF session stems from the growing demand for liquid cooling in the data center. Experts agree that only liquid can deliver the necessary cooling efficiency to enable high density computing while reducing the power consumption needed to cool the data center. The benefits of liquid cooling have been documented for years but there has been some obstacles preventing widespread adoption. For example, System Integrators build servers, infrastructure companies build racks and cooling containment, and facility managers spec the building requirements. Each of these very different players contributes to an overall solution but there has been very little standardization of equipment other than rack dimensions and electrical connections.

“As density targets, efficiency mandates and requirements for power reduction become increasingly difficult to meet with traditional cooling technologies, the industry has no choice but to consider alternatives,” said Geoff Lyon, CEO & CTO for CoolIT Systems. “It is the responsibility of industry experts to collaborate and combine their efforts to lead the data center community to a better understanding of liquid cooling technology and integration while establishing best practices and setting standards”.

For example, by promoting a standard dry-break quick-connect coupling and manifold solution, rack manufacturers can feel confident that since the manifolds built into the rack will support the cooling needs for a wide variety of IT components. IT component manufacturers can likewise feel confident that since the manifold connections are built to a standard, their products will be compatible with a wide range of racks.

“Developing large-scale data centers is a fast-paced industry, and the development of the corresponding thermal management systems has to be responsive to the changing needs of the industry,” said Rusty Robertson, Application Specialist at Stäubli. “Working collaboratively to create standardized architecture can accelerate the development of liquid cooling solutions that meet or exceed customer expectations.”

Enterprise customers and data center operators can equally preserve non-partisan choice of vendor when choosing the first server, the first rack or the hundredth. Competition is guaranteed, value to the customer is assured and IT design freedom is maintained. Through standardization, the promise of energy efficient liquid cooling can become a widespread reality.

About ISC’13

ISC is the world’s oldest and the most significant high-performance computing conference and exhibition in Europe for the global HPC community. It offers an exceptional five-day technical program with a wide range of expert speakers and exhibits from leading research centers and vendors. A number of events complement the conference and industry tracks including tutorials, workshops, panels, TOP500 announcement, research paper sessions, birds-of-a-feather (BoF) sessions, research poster session, student cluster competition, exhibitor forums, and the popular vendor showdown (in a new format, featuring leaders from industry), as well as a number of satellite events organized by our partners and sponsors in conjunction with ISC’13.

The conference has experienced tremendous growth over the last few years, with an estimated 2,500 participants from around the world are expected to convene in Leipzig, June 16th – 20th.

About CoolIT Systems

CoolIT Systems is a market leading engineering company that has been dedicated to the invention and design of state-of-the-art liquid cooling technology since 2001. With 43 patents and over 1 million direct contact liquid cooling (DCLC) units deployed in desktop computers, servers and data centres around the world, our vision is to become the global leader in direct-contact liquid cooled I/T solutions.


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