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Here’s why Microsoft is sinking its servers into freaky-deeky liquids



Microsoft announced yesterday that they are now immersing servers in a special fluid at the data center on the banks of the Columbia River. The company said that it enables increased efficiency and less downtime.

How does the company do this? The technology giant said it uses a special liquid that boils at 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), compared to 100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees Fahrenheit)) boiling point for water. This means that the heat generated by the servers is transported quickly by the steam, which in turn reduces the risk of overheating.

Engineers have built a condenser in the tank cap so that steam is converted to liquid as soon as it touches the cap and falls back into 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 operations. When the Redmond-based company tried this, the power consumption of servers running resource-intensive tasks such as AI was reduced by 5% to 1

5%.

Credit: Microsoft