Recognizing how data center liquid cooling technology has taken the spotlight this year, in this episode of the Data Center Frontier Show podcast, DCF Editor in Chief Matt Vincent sits down with Mark Fenton, Sr. Product Marketing Manager for Cadence Design Systems; and Mark Seymour, Distinguished Engineer with Cadence and co-founder and CEO of Future Facilities, Ltd., a company specializing in digital twin technology for data centers, whom Cadence acquired in July of 2022.
The discussion unpacks some of the implications of the rise data center liquid cooling technology for data center designs in the era of AI, as proclaimed earlier this month in the pages of VentureBeat.
Here's a timeline of points discussed on the podcast:
1:06 - Transitioning to the "AI Era" of Data Centers?
2:06 - The Cloud and AI Are Absolutely Symbiotic
3:40 - Liquid Cooling Customers: Traditional vs. Now
5:43 - The Beauty of Direct Liquid to Chip Technologies
7:07 - The Issue with Rack Retrofits
8:17 - Timing of Liquid Cooling Imperatives for Data Center Design
11:02 - Cost Considerations for Liquid Cooling: Is PUE a Bad Premise?
13:13 - How Data Center Design Tools are Accounting for Liquid Cooling Technologies
14:40 - Digital Twins for Air Cooled vs. Liquid Cooling Data Centers
16:30 - Liquid Cooling Doesn't Stop Inside the White Space
17:31 - How Liquid Cooling Improves Sustainability and ESG for Data Centers
18:46 - Liquid Cooling Can Potentially Produce Higher-Quality Waste Heat
20:18 - The Holistic Efficiencies of Data Center Liquid Cooling
22:29 - From Opportunities to Challenges
23:32 - Data Centers Love a Silver Bullet
25:34 - Evolution of Data Center Liquid Cooling Designs
26:21 - The Problem Is Power Densities are Rising
27:36 - Drawing Distinctions for Immersion Cooling
29:35 - Immersion Cooling Maintenance Questions
Here are links to some recent DCF articles on data center liquid cooling technology: