GRC received some great press soon after the CGGVeritas installation release. The release outlined the growing installation in Houston and the partnership between GRC and server manufacturer Supermicro.
David Chernicoff over at ZDNet wrote a piece entitled Submerge your datacenter, which does a great job introducing the CarnotJet™ technology to his readers. The article positions GRC as an alternative to free cooling and answers many of the questions asked by those just discovering the technology. Chernicoff absolutely hits the nail on the head with this statement:
While the basics of liquid cooling aren’t new, what GRC is bringing to the table is a cost effective solution that is self-contained and can make use of standard rack mounted servers from any OEM.
Rich Miller is no stranger to Green Revolution Cooling’s technology. Rich first published a piece on GRC after meeting the founders at SC|09 in Portland. Data Center Knowledge broke the news of the CGGVeritas installation with this piece: Submerged Supermicro Server Accelerated by GPUs
The CGG Veritas system uses Supermicro servers accelerated by dual graphics processing units (GPUs) and optimized for a submerged environment. The result is a powerful and highly-efficient cluster with densities of 25 kilowatts per rack, which doesn’t require room-level cooling and operates at a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.12.
Finally, Penny Jones of Datacenter Dynamics covered the story as well: CGGVeritas uses liquid cooled servers in HPC environment.
The vendors said that that overall, the solution can reduce energy consumption by 95% – removing the need for air conditioning – and provide 1,200 times more heat retention than air. Repurposed heat can also be captured by the Carnotjet submersion rack system.
As the install base at CGGVeritas increases in size, the power and cost savings become more and more striking. Servers and cooling are using less power and CGGVeritas is able to support systems that would be very difficult to cool otherwise.