Liebert already sells a version of the former product under the brand
name XDS. In addition, one server maker is testing an evaluation system,
and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
will commission another system early next year.
approach let’s data centers keep systems in shipping containers,
eliminating the need to build the air-cooled facilities widely use
today. Hughes estimates that could save as much as $600 per server.
However, data center managers will have to pay as much as $1,000 per
server to install the Clustered Systems technology.
approach is one of a handful of liquid cooling options now circulating
in the high-end server market. Others used by the likes of Asetek,
Coolit, Eurotech and IBM employ a variety of waters, oils or other
ingredients sent to the rack or the server.
Hughes got his start
helping to develop the QuickRing technology at Apple, then trying to
create a video server based on it—but the key chip behind it failed. The
project morphed into the idea of a mesh for a big telco switch that
reaped $110 million in VC funding, but went belly up in the dot-com
Along the way, “I got addicted to startups,” said Hughes.
snagged $3 million in finding from President Obama’s economic stimulus.
It has financial runway for another year or so before it needs to see
commercial sales of its technology to stay afloat.
entrepreneur is pondering his road map. “I've concluded the technology
is capable of supporting a petaflop in a rack with today's product—I
think that the message is that cooling is removed as a barrier to
exaflop computing,” he said.
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