Graphics chip maker Nvidia has announced the addition of liquid cooling in its GPUs for a more durable and efficient computing experience
New Delhi: Graphics chip maker Nvidia has announced the addition of liquid cooling in its GPUs for a more durable and efficient computing experience for its data center customers.
The company announced Monday night at the “Computex 2022” event that it was showcasing a liquid-cooled version of its A100 graphics card that will consume 30% less power than the air-cooled version.
Born in the era of the mainframe, liquid cooling matures in the era of AI.
Direct chip cooling
It is now widely used in the world’s fastest supercomputers in a modern form called direct chip cooling.
“Liquid cooling is the next step in compute acceleration for NVIDIA GPUs that already deliver up to 20x more power efficiency on AI inference and high-performance computing jobs than CPUs,” said the company in a press release.
Operators are aiming to eliminate chillers that evaporate millions of gallons of water per year to cool the air inside data centers.
Liquid cooling promises systems that recycle small amounts of fluids in closed systems focused on key hotspots.
“Liquid-cooled data centers can also fit twice as much compute in the same space. That’s because A100 GPUs only use one PCIe slot; air-cooled A100 GPUs fill two,” the company said.
At least a dozen system makers plan to integrate these GPUs into their offerings later this year, including ASUS, Foxconn Industrial Internet, GIGABYTE, H3C, Inspur, Inventec, Nettrix, QCT, Supermicro, Wiwynn, and xFusion.
The technology is not limited to data centers, Nvidia said, and cars and other systems need it to cool high-performance systems embedded in confined spaces.
For rapid adoption, today’s liquid-cooled GPUs deliver the same performance for less power.
In the future, Nvidia expects these cards to offer the ability to get more performance for the same power.
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