Here’s why Microsoft is dipping its servers in creepy fluids


Microsoft announced yesterday that it is now immersing servers in a special liquid at its data center located on the banks of the Columbia River. The company said it allows for greater efficiency and less downtime.

How is the company doing this? The tech giant said it is using a special liquid that boils at 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) compared to 100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees Fahrenheit).) boiling point of water. This means that the steam quickly carries away the heat generated by the servers and, in turn, reduces the risk of overheating.

Engineers have built a condenser in the tank cap, so the vapor turns to liquid as soon as it hits the cap and returns to the tank for reuse.

Microsoft said it was inspired to test this technology by observing cryptocurrency miners using liquid immersion to get more out of their mining rigs. When the Redmond-based company tested this, the power consumption of servers running resource-intensive tasks, such as artificial intelligence, was reduced by 5% to 15%.

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