DUG Cool

The data centre cooling solution that’s cooling the planet, one server at a time.

We are a technology company providing high performance computing as a service (HPCaaS), scientific data analysis services, and software solutions for the global technology and resource sectors. To provide our services to the industry, we have invested in one of the largest supercomputer networks in the world, with data centres in Perth, Houston, London and Kuala Lumpur.

The power of green

Our four data centres have been recently upgraded and our global compute power will soon exceed 30 PF (double precision). Not surprisingly, supercomputers of this size generate considerable heat and require efficient cooling technology. Installations such as ours are traditionally air-cooled, which is inefficient, expensive, and environmentally unfriendly. We have developed (Patent Publication WA 2017/091862 A1) an advanced, flexible, and modular dielectric-fluid cooling solution which greatly reduces energy usage and costs and increases the life and efficiency of the hardware. We now boast some of the greenest computer centres in the world.

The power of innovation

The DUG Cool cooling system fully submerges standard, high-performance computing (HPC) servers into specially-designed tanks that are filled with polyalphaolefin dielectric fluid. The fluid is non-toxic, non-flammable, biodegradable, non-polar, has low viscosity, and most importantly, will not conduct electricity. The unique part of our design is that the heat exchangers are very simple and submerged in the tank with the computer equipment, meaning that no dielectric fluid ever leaves the tank. A water loop runs through the rooms and to each heat exchanger.

A combined energy cost savings of up to 46% mean that we are able to build the largest supercomputing systems in the world with a PUE of under 1.052.

The power to save

Traditionally, companies like ours spend half of their revenue on their compute centres. Energy use can be a significant expense in a conventional data centre. With DUG Cool, the thermal qualities of the fluid mean that condensed water-cooling chillers can be used rather than refrigeration. This saves 25%-30% of total power usage. Removing all server fans, which aren’t needed in a fluid-immersion system, reduces power consumption by a further 20%. That’s a total saving of up to 46%.

The power of longer life

Submerging computers into dielectric fluid has some surprising advantages. Electrical components last longer due to the lack of oxidation of physical joins, solder joints, wires, and connecting materials. The >1000x thermal effectiveness of the fluid (vs. air) provides far greater thermal stability and prevents runaway heat events. Even if you switch off the chillers, the fluid has such high thermal capacity that temperatures increase gradually, giving far more time to react. In our experience, fluid-immersed computers have a much higher mean time to failure, considerably reducing maintenance costs and expensive down-time.

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