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First Commercial IBM Hot-Water Cooled Supercomputer to Consume 40% Less Energy

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The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ), in collaboration with IBM, today announced the world's first commercially available hot-water cooled supercomputer, a powerful, high-performance system designed to help researchers and industrial institutions across Europe investigate and solve some of the world's most daunting scientific challenges.

The new LRZ "SuperMUC" system was built with IBM System x iDataPlex Direct Water Cooled dx360 M4 servers with more than 150,000 cores to provide a peak performance of up to three petaflops, which is equivalent to the work of more than 110,000 personal computers. Put another way, three billion people using a pocket calculator would have to perform one million operations per second each to reach equivalent SuperMUC performance. Also, a revolutionary new form of hot-water cooling technology invented by IBM allows the system to be built 10 times more compact and substantially improve its peak performance while consuming 40 percent less energy than a comparable air-cooled machine.

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I am interested in seeing some performance charts of the machine with this new cooling system. :respect:
 
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But can it play Crysis? ;D
 
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strange ..............
 
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I am interested in seeing some performance charts of the machine with this new cooling system. :respect:
This isn't about getting components as cool as possible. It's about using the heat from the computers to heat radiators in offices.
 
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The SuperMUC system is also connected to powerful visualization systems, including a large 4K stereoscopic power wall and a five-sided immersive artificial virtual-reality environment or CAVE for visualizing 3D data sets from fields, including Earth science, astronomy and medicine.
:rockout::toast:
 

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A leak will make the engineers cry
 
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using regular water poses significant risk to a multi million dollar machine i suppose... how'd you like to be the dope who's solderjoint leaks???
 
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Man that would be soooo much fun to build all of those servers! that would be my dream job.
 
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Pictures 3 and 4 just wow!

That's some awesome cabling, but is zip-tying to copper pipes ok?
 

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Pictures 3 and 4 just wow!

That's some awesome cabling, but is zip-tying to copper pipes ok?
That is how most HVAC systems are ran
 

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That is how most HVAC systems are ran
HVAC is air based... still, if you take a look at any car I doubt you'll see something like this on the car's coolant hoses, nor or the AC pipes, maybe on some occasions, but on mine all are clear, even padded against contact.


Pictures 3 and 4 just wow!

That's some awesome cabling, but is zip-tying to copper pipes ok?
They might not get that hot to melt isolation but is sure make a good support for straightening out cables.
 
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With all that heat and hot water they can build public baths for homeless people.
 

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Blah,Blah,Blah. Can it make coffee? If not FUCK that shit!
 
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With all that heat and hot water they can build public baths for homeless people.
I was thinking of a laundro-mat, bulk laundry (hospitals, restaurants, hotels). That would be efficient. But...the temps seem too low.
 
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With all that heat and hot water they can build public baths for homeless people.
Build a small foot bath sauna for some funky smelling IT people. It's not cool wearing socks with sandals :laugh:
 

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You know what would be even better than all this? If they could make a chip that does not need any cooling at all. All this is just BS in my book.
 
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:eek::wtf: They sorta hijacked my general idea and gave it a fancy name,,, use pc to heat house by Ocín snot thereoff,, then fold 24/7 on all inc soundcard iff poss(1 day;)) ,,, comence strolling about in shorts perm and call whole plan and effieciency a win:D.

with water you more choose what temp and noise to run at more then anything else ,my water hits 45-50 permanently
 

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I was thinking of a laundro-mat, bulk laundry (hospitals, restaurants, hotels). That would be efficient. But...the temps seem too low.
Too low for direct usage in scenarios you outlined above perhaps, but heat pumps could be used to get higher temperature. That's still far more efficient than heating water up to really high temperatures directly.
 
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That's insane. Now lets find a game that can use 150,000 cores and 324 tb of memory.
 

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Thats what I usually do at home. Just power up my water cooled silent PC and game on it. The room will slowly warm up.
 
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This is about a supercomputer. All gaming related posters are politely but certainly being requested to leave this room and go the gaming section. Thank you.