Reimagining Server Cooling

  • BitFury data servers being cooled while immersed in bubbling Novec Fluid

    Two-phase immersion cooling could lead to 97% reductions in data center energy usage for cooling.

    The explosive growth of the Internet and other information technologies has resulted in ceaseless demands for more speed and processing capacity in the data centers that handle this flood of information. Challenged on many fronts to reduce energy usage, a growing number of server equipment manufacturers and data center managers are taking a closer look at two-phase immersion cooling using 3M’s Novec™ Engineered Fluids. As the number and size of data centers have grown, so too has their consumption of electricity. The need to reduce energy consumption has become a serious issue among industry leaders, utilities and regulatory agencies – both from the standpoints of cost and environmental impact.


3M Server Solutions for Data Centers

  • Server innovation is fast-paced and ever-changing, continually demanding improved performance and reliability. We develop data center products that allow you to push the performance limits while managing space, thermal, vibration and EMI / EMC concerns.

    Along with these concerns, servers are also being placed into even more demanding environments that include moisture and environmental pollutants. 3M can help manage these design concerns and provide improved protection. Thanks to our innovative solutions, taking your data center servers to a better place is no longer tomorrow’s dream. It’s happening right now.


3M Server Solutions

  • PCIe Twin Axial Cable Assembly

    Enabling Design Flexibility

    Data center servers are continually pushing the limits – how much computing can be packed into a server. This makes design constraints, such as space and thermal concerns, limiting factors in the design. With products that address these limitations without sacrificing performance, 3M can help minimize these design constraints.

  • Application of a microprocessor to circuit board

    Optimize Server Performance

    Data center servers have unique challenges. Vibration, noise, EMI and EMC, and excessive heat can impact performance, overall server life and the integrity of compliance labeling. 3M Data Center Solutions are designed to help solve these challenges and improve server performance.

  • Circuit board with multiple water droplets

    Moisture and Corrosion Protection

    Contamination from environmental factors can result in reduced performance and potentially premature field failures. 3M™ Novec™ Electronic Grade Coatings help protect server components against moisture, water immersion, oils, chemicals, sulfur and environmental corrosion.


Increasing Energy Efficiency for a More Sustainable Data Center

Since the dawn of the supercomputing age, progress has been measured in terms of ever-increasing rates of speed and raw computing power. But these increases have come at a cost. More computing power typically leads to higher energy consumption, both to power the machines themselves and to drive the complex, costly systems needed to cool them. In recent years, growing concern about the environmental impact of heavy energy users such as data centers and supercomputer facilities has led to a new way to rate supercomputer performance – this time, in terms of a machine’s efficiency, expressed in terms of the number of operations performed per watt.

  • Twin Axial Cable Assemblies

    Twin Axial Cable Assemblies offer excellent routability, allowing for:
     

    • Improved airflow, lowering energy costs
    • Higher-density packaging
  • Novec™ Engineered Fluids for Liquid Immersion Cooling

    Many of the benefits from immersion cooling compared to traditional air cooling include:
     

    • Decreased power consumption – PUE 1.01
    • Improved water efficiencies
    • Higher rack densities (up to 250kW per rack)
    • Reduced floor space requirements

Powering a New Era of Server Design

  • Twin Axial Cable Assemblies placed inside a server

    3M™ Twin Axial Cable Assemblies

    3M is thinking inside the box to increase efficiencies inside the data center and boost high-performance computing (HPC) power. The low-profile capabilities of 3M’s Twin Axial Cable Assemblies save a substantial amount of internal space and help alleviate congestion inside dense server systems—giving design engineers considerably more room for server architecture options. The ultra-flat, foldable ribbon design also optimizes airflow for better cooling to maintain the high speeds and processing power HPC environments demand.

    Download 3M™ Twin Axial Cable Assemblies Dell Case Study (PDF, 2.32 MB)

    3M™ High-Speed Cable Assembly Solutions (PDF, 391 KB)


Reimagining Server Cooling

  • BitFury data servers being cooled while immersed in bubbling Novec Fluid

    Two-phase immersion cooling could lead to 97% reductions in data center energy usage for cooling.

    The explosive growth of the Internet and other information technologies has resulted in ceaseless demands for more speed and processing capacity in the data centers that handle this flood of information. Challenged on many fronts to reduce energy usage, a growing number of server equipment manufacturers and data center managers are taking a closer look at two-phase immersion cooling using 3M’s Novec™ Engineered Fluids. As the number and size of data centers have grown, so too has their consumption of electricity. The need to reduce energy consumption has become a serious issue among industry leaders, utilities and regulatory agencies – both from the standpoints of cost and environmental impact.


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