Your smart car is getting smarter. Every year, more and more technological advancements are integrated into it, transmitting terabytes of data that ensure a better and safer driving experience.
But if you peak under the hood, you’ll see that this modern data center on wheels is, and will be, ‘propelled’ in a large part by liquid cooling.
FUTURE-PROOFING SMART CARS: LIQUID COOLING AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES
Autonomous vehicles are packed with dozens of sensors, cameras, and radar components that transmit data points to and from the car to help it make real-time decisions.
Autonomous vehicles will generate as much as 40 terabytes of data an hour from cameras, radar and sensors – equivalent to an iPhone’s use over 3,000 years, according to Morgan Stanley.
High-performance computing is essential in this process to deliver and translate the data points (like a pedestrian, an upcoming turn, or objects on the road) into inferences so the car understands and makes safer, more accurate decisions. Without all that data, your smart car would have to deal with the world in a manual way.
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UNLEASHING THE POWER OF DATA: LIQUID COOLING FOR SMARTER DRIVING
Data centers continue to be the fulcrum for delivering high-demand services – artificial intelligence, machine learning, remote work, streaming services – while trying to be more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
The latest generation of CPUs consumes over 300 watts. Forecasts show 500-750 watts, and 1000 watts packages are already being designed. While most data centers are built to be air-cooled, liquid cooling – more specifically, single-phase direct liquid cooling— offers accelerated performance and ability to scale out to at least 1,500 watts per processor. That’s a key performance point to keep up with the rapid rise of artificial intelligence and a broader adoption of HPC in enterprise data centers.
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THE GROWING MARKET FOR SELF-DRIVING CARS AND NEED FOR LIQUID COOLING TECHNOLOGY
The Autonomous Vehicle Market size was valued at $87.5 billion in 2021, according to Yahoo, and is predicted to reach $614.9 billion by 2030 with a CAGR of 24.7% during the forecast period from 2022 to 2030.
By 2040, autonomous vehicles are expected to comprise around 25 percent of the global market, according to the Brookings Institution.
Even semiconductor maker Nvidia is also increasing its presence in cars: By 2024, Mercedes will start manufacturing vehicles with an Nvidia GPU inside.
Last year, it also announced a partnership with Google for navigation services will offer "super computer-like performance" in every car with automated driving sensors as it seeks to compete with Tesla.
In May, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang stressed the acceleration for replacing outdated data center equipment, noting more and more companies will speed to integrate AI into business processes.
"The computer industry is going through two simultaneous transitions — accelerated computing and generative AI," said Huang during Nvidia’s second-quarter earnings call. "A trillion dollars of installed global data center infrastructure will transition from general-purpose to accelerated computing as companies race to apply generative AI into every product, service, and business process."