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May 28th, 2024

5 Data Center Strategies for AI & High-Density Computing

As the demands of AI and high-density computing continue to grow, preparing data centers to handle these advanced workloads is more critical than ever.

Evaluation and implementation of efficient cooling solutions, scalable infrastructure, and robust lifecycle management are key factors that data center operators must consider.

By carefully considering these areas and investing in upgraded AI-ready infrastructure, you can enhance the performance, reliability, and efficiency of your data center, meeting the evolving needs of modern computing environments.

1. Infrastructure Analysis
A comprehensive assessment of your current infrastructure is crucial before installing high-density computing. Innovations in liquid cooling systems are pivotal in boosting the efficiency and performance of data centers, especially with the rapid advancement of AI technologies. Here are a few key technologies enhancing liquid cooling efficiency:

  • Coolant Distribution Units (CDUs): Our CDU portfolio includes models designed to support the latest advances in AI processors from NVIDIA and AMD, with cooling capacities ranging from 105 kW to 2.3 MW. These units are essential for maintaining optimal operating temperatures and ensuring the performance and longevity of high-power processors.
  • Rear Door Heat Exchangers (RDHx): Integrated into an air-assisted liquid cooling system, RDHx units such as Motivair's ChilledDoor are ideal for managing the heat generated by high-wattage processors like NVIDIA’s H100, Intel’s Ice Lake, and Sapphire Rapids. These systems allow for on-demand cooling at the rack, row, or room level, maximizing efficiency and adaptability in dynamically changing thermal conditions.
  • Cold Plates: Our scalable cold plate technology is designed to deliver exceptional thermal performance, accommodating heat dissipation needs up to +1,500 watts per processor. Compatible with a range of processors including AMD’s SP5 Genoa and SP3 Milan, Intel’s Sapphire Rapids and Ice Lake, as well as NVIDIA’s H100, these cold plates also cater to customer-specified FPGAs or custom silicon, making them a versatile solution for high-performance computing environments.

These technological enhancements are crucial as data centers continue to support more power-intensive applications, helping them meet the dual objectives of energy efficiency and robust system reliability without compromising performance.

2. Compatibility and Integration
As the shift from traditional air cooling to more efficient liquid cooling systems continues, many existing data centers face the challenge of properly integrating new technology. This transition can be complex due to the constraints of existing structures and designs.

Conducting a comprehensive site audit ensures the infrastructure can handle the new systems. Additionally, working with appropriate solution architects and service providers can ensure the new cooling technology you select is compatible with your current or new hardware and infrastructure.

3. Scalability and Future-Proofing
It is paramount to have a cooling solution that can address increasing computing demands as your business evolves and your thermal requirements change. Recent trends indicate a substantial growth in the single-phase liquid cooling market, propelled by the escalating thermal challenges posed by dense server racks and GPU clusters.

This growth is not just about meeting current demands but also preparing for the future scalability of data centers. The market for data center liquid cooling, which was valued at $2.25 billion in 2021, is projected to surge at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.8% to reach approximately $31.07 billion by 2032, according to Persistence Market Research.

4. Energy Efficiency
The competitive landscape in cooling technologies is vibrant, with key players continuously innovating to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their solutions. In the liquid cooling realm, data center operators can choose from options like:

  • Single-phase immersion cooling
  • Two-phase immersion cooling
  • Single-phase direct liquid cooling
  • Two-phase direct liquid cooling

Single-phase direct liquid cooling (DLC) offers the best performance and the ability to scale out to at least 1,500 watts per processor.

This dynamic market is not only about technological advancement but also involves strategic partnerships and collaborations that enhance the deployment and operational capabilities of liquid cooling systems.

5. Lifecycle Management
Downtime in any business can be costly, especially for data centers. Uptime Institute’s 2023 annual outage analysis showed that more than two-thirds of all outages cost more than $100,000.

This drives the business case for investing more in resiliency, training, and preventative maintenance programs. Initiating a regular preventative maintenance program creates a proactive approach to limiting costly downtime and possibly preventing failures before they occur.

These programs allow you to address potential problems before they occur and schedule tailored solutions to coincide with your site requirements.

As data center operators stand on the brink of a new era in AI technology, the importance of efficient cooling systems has never been more critical. These strategies can help ensure you maximize your investment in upgraded infrastructure and deliver the best ROI possible.

Connect with your local Motivair product specialist today.