Better Ways to Cool Your PowerEdge Servers

Get to know more about Dell’s latest Smart Cooling technologies.

These are exciting times. Advanced technology is fueling game-changing innovations that are impacting the way we work and live. With new technology and applications, meteorologists can make more accurate weather predictions and potentially save lives. Scientists are hastening the drug discovery process by using genome sequencing to rapidly find effective drug targets while more accurately assessing potential side effects. And manufacturers are streamlining their operations and making them safer with robotics and automation. Sustaining all these technological advancements are servers, equipped with the most powerful processors and accelerators to create, sort, arrange and process the increasing amounts of data, faster and more efficiently than we ever thought possible.

To support this digital revolution, Dell Technologies is incorporating components like more powerful processors, DPUs and accelerators into its portfolio of PowerEdge servers. Because these new, more powerful components consume larger amounts of energy and drive higher system heat, PowerEdge servers are designed with Smart Cooling technology which uses state-of-the-art thermal and mechanical simulation tools to ensure optimal cooling and sustained system performance.

Smart Cooling technology for PowerEdge servers include Air Cooling (Multi-Vector Cooling), Liquid Cooling (Direct Liquid Cooling), immersion Cooling, or a combination of technologies. Each is also managed by an intelligent control system called Power Manager.

Air Cooling

Dell created Multi-Vector Cooling (MVC) to maximize the potential of air cooling. It includes control algorithms, thermal and power sensors, component mapped fan zoning and airflow channeling shrouds to balance and intelligently direct airflow across the systems’ components.

New high-performance fans and heatsinks, as well as special airflow-optimized configurations, ensure even high-power CPUs are supported without throttling.

Direct Liquid Cooling

Previously used to cool supercomputing clusters, Dell’s Direct Liquid Cooling (DLC) offer is now a factory-installed mainstream solution for systems with extreme power-density. DLC uses the exceptional thermal capacity of liquid to absorb and remove the heat created by new high-power processors. All Dell DLC solutions include Leak Sense technology which alerts customers through iDRAC, and can be configured to take useful actions, like powering down a server.

Immersion Cooling

For power-dense systems operating in environments with low to no conditioned air, Immersion Cooling is an effective alternative. By completely submerging the systems in a tank of liquid, 100% of the IT heat is captured. Dell supports single-phase and two-phase immersion projects through our OEM team.

Dell Technologies OpenManage Power Manager

To reduce the need for manual intervention, OpenManage Power Manager intelligently monitors and adjusts various system sub-components in real-time, to ensure optimum sustained performance.

Dell’s Smart Cooling technology offers a range of solutions to address your IT cooling needs. Multi-vector cooling uses inexpensive and plentiful air cooling. DLC enables system configurations, such as high TDP CPUs, dense storage, and/or add-in cards, that can’t be cooled by air alone. And Immersion Cooling delivers 100% heat capture and can be implemented outside of the data center.

To learn more about our smart cooling solutions visit the smart cooling technologies website.

About the Author: Carrie Tuttle

Carrie Tuttle is a Senior Product Marketing Manager for the Dell EMC PowerEdge product marketing team. She has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, communications and management consulting for technology companies of all sizes. Prior to joining Dell, Carrie was a product marketing lead at a start-up with a SaaS offering. She earned an MBA from The Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park and a BA from Middlebury College in VT. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and spoiling her dog. Carrie is based in New York City.