Deal puts cloud computing in boilers and heaters across Europe

August 02, 2017 // By Nick Flaherty
Dutch cleantech startup Asperitas has teamed up with French green computing provider Qarnot to put cloud computing in boilers and heaters around Europe. 

Qarnot Computing will act as a value added reseller and operator of the AIC24 Immersed Computing system developed by Asperitas. This is a stand-alone plug and play computing system that uses liquid cooling. Qarnot and Asperitas are planning to deploy a showcase at Qarnot headquarters in Paris.

Qarnot provides cloud computing through a distributed infrastructure where computing power is no longer deployed in concentrated datacentres, but spread throughout the city in the form of computing heaters and boilers, which are ideal for edge environments in residential and commercial buildings. Qarnot offers a scalable high performance computing (HPC) hybrid platform that combines the cooled computing hardware with public clouds and private infrastructure, accessible through a web interface, a REST API and/or a Python SDK.

Qarnot already serves major banks including BNP Paribas and Société Générale as well as 3D animation studios and research labs and the collaboration with Asperitas will be on deployments in buildings.

Asperitas has worked with the University of Leeds in the UK since 2014 on validating and developing its Immersed Computing approach to liquid immersion cooling technologies by adding power and network components. The first system, teh AIC24, was launched in March and needs only only power, access to a water loop and data connectivity to operate. A A single water loop can be shared across multiple modules and modules can be placed back-to-back and side-to-side. As there is no air required for the system to operate, large rows of interconnected systems can be placed in relatively small spaces.

The 1U Asperitas Universal Cassettes (AUC) hold the compute servers and are optimised for natural flow of oil. The mounting positions and quantity of ports can be customised to facilitate any type of board, and multiple mainboards can be used within a single cassette. The AUC design is open and available for hardware designers, including design guidelines for Immersed Computing.