Cold plate cooling offers future-proof flexibility for data centers

JetCool Technologies has integrated microconvection cooling technology into a cold plate design with performance benefits for today’s data center, HPC and AI applications. (Source: JetCool Technologies)

A new white paper from JetCool Technologies explores how microconvection cooling technology that utilizes cold plate design can bring future-ready flexibility to data centers.

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With the increase in data volumes generated by new IoT devices, artificial intelligence and streaming services, JetCool states that “the traditional data center model, which relies on air cooling to remove heat from servers and other equipment, is no longer sufficient”. In its new white paper, the company explores the state of liquid cooling and how microconvection cooling technology using cold plate design can boost data center capabilities.

First, the document describes the types of liquid cooling solutions and how the technology enables faster calculation. Next, the author explains how microconvection cooling technology, using a cold plate design, provides “performance benefits for today’s data center, HPC, and AI applications demonstrating scalability beyond 1000 watt TDP”.

“Liquid cooling is now recognized as a key enabler for both faster data center performance and increased durability. – JetCool, “Accelerating Compute Sustainability with Microconvection Cooling”

JetCool claims that cold plates provide “simple, scalable, and durable liquid cooling for data centers” by delivering thermal efficiency benefits that enable both performance and durability gains. They partially explain how the technology works by saying, “Designed using low thermal impedance materials such as copper or aluminum, the cold plates rely on the high TDP semiconductor device.”

The architecture’s efficient flow dynamics and targeting of hot spots also make the solution more durable using less pumping power than other designs. They note that cold plate technology eliminates the need for evaporative cooling. They say that “data centers can reduce water consumption by 90% and electricity consumption by 18%, avoiding 35 million metric tons of CO2 emissions per year”.

In the article, JetCool also showcases a use case for cold plate technology, illustrating how it helped a data center that runs mission-critical applications meet aggressive compute and sustainability goals.

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Ramon J. Espinoza