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IBM Hydro Cluster Water Cooling  (Source: IBM)
IBM Power 575 performs at 600 GFlops per node

Computer enthusiasts that overclock their CPUs have known for a long time that liquid cooling has the potential to cool the processor better than air cooling. Liquid cooling in the enthusiast space is common and has even given way in the extreme performance categories to much more exotic means of cooling processors.

In the supercomputer realm companies like IBM have traditionally relied on air cooling for the CPUs via air conditioning for the room the supercomputer is in. IBM introduced its latest supercomputer called the Power 575, which is equipped with IBM’s latest Power6 microprocessor. The Power 575 has moved from air cooling to liquid cooling and thanks to the liquid cooling useing water-chilled copper plates located above each processor, the new supercomputer requires 80% fewer air conditioning units.

The significantly reduced need for air conditioning means that the energy needed to cool the data center can be reduced by 40%. IBM researchers say water can be up to 4,000 times more efficient than air cooling for computer systems.

The Power 575 supercomputer has 448 cores per rack and provides over five times the performance of its predecessor and is three times more energy efficient per rack. Each rack features 14 2U nodes each consisting of 32 4.7GHz cores of Power6 and 3.5TB of memory. Each node is capable of 600 GFlops and is three times more efficient in GFlops per kilowatt than the Power5 air-cooled processors.

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RE: In 10 years...
By lagitup on 4/10/2008 12:27:30 AM , Rating: 0
Also, I'm still waiting for a computer that can effectively take input other than from a good ol' fashioned (or as Scotty would say, quaint) mouse and keyboard (and please don't tell me speech recognition works - or as the computer would probably hear - cheese bone smell my feet wrecking nation worse).

Fortunately, micro$uck is here to save the day! Rather than use a boring old mouse and keyboard, if you have Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium or higher, you can connect your Microsoft Xbox 360 controller directly to your Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium or higher based pc!

Please note the sarcasm dripping off my voice.

RE: In 10 years...
By nidomus on 4/10/2008 8:30:39 AM , Rating: 3
Is it just me... or is the whole micro$uck/M$/micro$haft thing getting old? I mean seriously? You think you're clever because you can substitute a dollar sign and or derogatory word into the name? I mean it's not like that's been done before. I know this is off topic, but I've been seeing a lot of it lately and its been "grinding my gears". So, I apologize, and at the same time don't.

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