ChilledDoor, CDU Technology Used for HPC Applications

Two major government entities have recently announced projects for their supercomputing systems that are being cooled by products offered by Motivair Corporation.  The recent announcements solidify Motivair’s flexible design capabilities and solutions for High Performance Computing (HPC) applications.

The first project is a recent upgrade of NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) supercomputer system, located in multiple sites across the East Coast of the United States.  This system is used by NOAA to monitor critical weather events, which according to the latest press release from NOAA “…enhance NOAA’s abilities to predict and warn American communications of destructive weather.”

With the latest system upgrade, NOAA adds 2.8 petaflops of processing speed at both sites. The system includes a deployment of Motivair’s ChilledDoor® Rack Cooling Systems working in tandem with Coolant Distribution Units (CDUs), also supplied by Motivair.

Read more about NOAA’s entire supercomputer upgrade here:

Even more recently, it was just announced Motivair’s in-rack Coolant Distribution Unit (CDU) will be used as part of Aquila’s fixed cold plate warm water cooling technology.  The Aquarius HPC system is currently being studied at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for Sandia National Labs.

One of the unique features of the new system is its ability to attach directly to existing data center facility water infrastructure with a rack mount CDU from Motivair, the preferred CDU vendor for Aquila.

A recent press release on the project addresses the cooling capability of the overall system and its ability to improve data center efficiency.  Regarding this project, Judy Beckes Talcott, President of Aquila, states:

“We are excited to be working with NREL and Sandia National Laboratories, as these DOE labs provide a leadership position in innovative liquid cooling and other cutting-edge efficiency-driven data center technologies. We feel their leadership will help shape the future of HPC and influence the modern data center designer towards adoption of liquid cooling. Our shared vision holds the promise of improving data center energy efficiency by as much as 50%.”

Learn more about the Motivair CDU project here:

About the ChilledDoor® Rack Cooling System
The ChilledDoor® Rack Cooling System, a product of Motivair Corporation, is a global leader in high efficiency and high density server rack cooling systems for small, medium and larger data centers. A trusted leader in developing advanced server cooling technologies, The ChilledDoor® Rack Cooling System, Coolant Distribution Unit and its ancillary support products and services provide innovative and dynamic new ways to cool both legacy and new data centers. Learn more at

About Motivair Corporation
Motivair Corporation, based in Buffalo, NY (USA), is a globally recognized supplier of specialty chillers and cooling systems providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, public and private sectors around the world. For more information, visit


PHOTO CREDIT: (NOAA) Dell is the latest addition to NOAA’s weather and climate operational supercomputing system. This powerful Dell hums alongside NOAA’s IBM and Cray computers at a data center in Orlando, Florida. The three systems combined in Florida and Virginia give NOAA 8.4 petaflops of total processing speed and pave the way for improved weather models and forecasts.

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