Microsoft becomes the first cloud provider to run two-phase immersion cooling in a productive environment. Microsoft published this news with a catchy title on their News website.
Microsoft Employees’ Email Communications forced Microsoft to boil liquid inside a steel holding tank with servers in a Datacenter.
The liquid, however, is set to boil at 122 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius) and is entirely harmless to the electronic equipment. The boiling was done to remove the extra heat generated from the laboring computer processors and work flawlessly without failure.
Interesting Thing to Know: The Liquid boiling into vapor again becomes condensed through a condenser and rains back to the servers, making them more relaxed.
The Law behind the Phenomenon
The Co-Founder of Intel, Gordon Moore, first observed this trend of liquid boiling in 1965. Back then, this was the hottest trend that continued for decades. The law has been called Moore’s law after him.
Now, this law is being implemented again at data center levels.
Cryptocurrency Miners have been practicing this technique to cool down their digital currency transaction logging transistors. The Miners’ consistent practice motivated the Microsoft Teams to investigate the issue further and improve the technology to use it in their data centers.
Improved Sustainability of the Infrastructures
Microsoft notes that through liquid cooling, the servers would become more efficient and more sustainable as there would be no more wastage and every single piece of IT instruments will be well utilized. The energy required is a mere fraction of Air Cooling, making Liquid Cooling a more cost-efficient method.
Microsoft is just testing these features, but they are very interested in seeing how things work out. They already have a tank out there running workloads in dense data centers. Let’s hope that it turns out to be the best for us.
Till then, keep cooling yourself!