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Nortek: ServerCool CDUs cool 10% of world’s 100 most powerful supercomputers

New TOP500 and Green500 lists reveal Nortek Air Solutions’ ServerCool is cooling dozens of the world’s most powerful and energy-efficient supercomputers, company says


ST LOUIS, Missouri, 11 August 2019: Nortek Air Solutions’ ServerCool division has its coolant distribution unit (CDU) technology cooling dozens of the world’s most powerful and energy-efficient supercomputers, the company said through a Press release, quoting the 2019 TOP500 and Green500 lists, which were recently released at the International Supercomputer Conference (ISC) in Frankfurt.

ServerCool’s CDUs are cooling 1,246,912 cores and 2,797,604 cores in the TOP500 and Green500 supercomputer lists, respectively, the release said. More impressively, 10 of the TOP500’s first 100 supercomputers use ServerCool CDUs, the release added. For example, #11 on the TOP500, a Total Exploration Production data center in France, uses ServerCool CDUs to cool an IBM Pangea III supercomputer system that the energy company uses for geological exploration and development, the release said. At #25 on the TOP500 is the Tokyo-based Japan Institute of Technology’s Global Scientific Information and Computing Center (GSIC), which uses the Tsubame 3.0 HPE supercomputer for academic and high technology research, the release said. The Tsubame, the release added, is cooled by ServerCool CDUs.

According to the release, ServerCool is also providing cooling to two of the top 10 supercomputers on the energy-oriented Green500.

The majority of the lists’ ServerCool applications use CD6 floor-mount 300-kW CDUs, the release said. However, future installations will also employ the recently introduced CDU1200, which features a small 58 (d) x 35 (w)-inch (1,475 x 900-mm) footprint, the release said. It also supplies an industry-first 1.2-MW of cooling capacity in a density of 14.6-ft2 (1.3-m2) that helps data centers maximize power usage effectiveness (PUE), the release said. “The TOP500 proves that hardware manufacturers are pushing their equipment’s performance envelope at the chip level,” said Stuart Smith, Global Sales Manager, ServerCool division, Nortek Air Solutions. “However, ServerCool will keep pace with that growth by continuing to develop higher cooling and flow capacities with smaller footprints.”

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