John Paul Catholic University adopts GRC's liquid immersion cooling

Green Revolution Cooling (GRC) has announced the latest installation of its liquid immersion computing system at John Paul Catholic University (JPCU) in San Diego, California.

The high density cluster made up of industry standard servers optimised for immersion, and built in partnership with Supermicro, exploit the enhanced performance and compelling economic value inherent with GRC liquid immersion technology.

‘Virtually limitless cooling, industry leading efficiency, and lower upfront cost, made it an absolute no brainer for us,’ said Kevin Meziere, vice president of technology at JPCU.

‘the ability to cool over 100kW [per rack] effectively and efficiently, gives us the ability to be more responsive to future technology trends and adopt more powerful hardware without concerns of cooling capacity and costs. Being a downtown campus every square inch counts, so the ability to pack equipment more densly is a huge win.’

By using the CarnotJet system, JPCU found a way to minimize upfront construction costs. By adding server capacity in previously vacant, unconditioned space they were able to avoid costs related to constructing an engineered building with raised floors, aisle containment, thermal engineering, etc. The CarnotJet system uses a dielectric liquid called ElectroSafe to cool the servers, eliminating the need for traditional air conditioning and the systems that support it. The adoption of GRC’s system resulted in JPCU reducing server energy usage by close to 20 per cent, and cooling energy by over 90 per cent.  

‘IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Virtual Reality are just a few of the HPC applications that are demanding more powerful systems.  Many customers deploying these powerful systems have exceeded the limits of conventional cooling and are turning to alternatives, like liquid immersion.  Further, we see customers seeking to eliminate complexity and increase their speed to deployment with a more integrated approach towards IT and infrastructure,’ said Peter Poulin, CEO at Green Revolution Cooling ‘Our partnerships with OEMs such as Supermicro enable us to deliver those integrated solutions with a compelling economic benefit.’

JPCU employed the use of Immersion optimised, Minimus servers to cut hardware costs and create custom server configurations that align with their exact needs. Minimus Servers are designed to exploit the cost & performance benefits of immersion cooling and offer JPCU the opportunity to create a system expressly made for high density computing tasks.

The combination of industry standard components from Supermicro and the limitless cooling capacity of GRC’s immersion cooling system results in a cluster on the leading edge of performance and efficiency.

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