Schneider Electric and Iceotope have worked with Avnet on the first commercial GPU servers for high performance computing (HPC) that use immersion cooling.
The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR670 server is sealed at the chassis level and uses Iceotope’s Ku:l 2 liquid-cooled chassis which completely isolating the critical IT from the environment. This enables secure and tamper-proof computing, storage and networking for artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and HPC workloads to be deployed closer to the point of data generation at the edge of the network and regardless of the environment. These server cards typically draw over 1000A and so cooling is a major issue.
“The infrastructure to provision edge expansion will be installed where space provides, outside traditional data centres – we call this the Fluid Edge,” said David Craig, CEO of UK-based Iceotope. “Partnering with Lenovo to bring the Ku:l Micro DC to life has accelerated our capability to provide a proven and warranty-backed, chassis-level immersion cooled HPC design solution to this expanding market.”
Avnet is providing the integration services, including the development of software to manage the servers. This Out of Band Management (OOBM) capability uses Avnet’s MaaxBoard IoT single board computer and software from Witekio, an Avnet company. Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure provides remote monitoring and management.
The micro-server integration comes after the three companies collaborated on immersion technologies to create a climate positive data centre in Finland.
“Liquid cooled servers that are cost effectively deployed at scale will revolutionize the server industry as well as computing in general by cutting energy usage, noise and space requirements,” said Scott MacDonald, president of Avnet Integrated. “As a leader in industrial solutions, Avnet Integrated is uniquely positioned to simplify the deployment of this solution for our customers in collaboration with Schneider Electric, Iceotope and Lenovo. Our ability to solve complex problems on a global scale for large customers while closely collaborating with all partners is what differentiates us as an advanced systems integrator,” he said.
“This integrated, immersion cooled solution brings highly intensive and efficient edge computing capabilities that “drop into” applications from the edge to large scale HPCs. The ability to bring these ready-to-deploy liquid cooled solutions to market proves the strength of the Avnet, Schneider Electric and Iceotope partnership,” said Steven Carlini, VP Innovation and Data Centre at Schneider Electric.
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