Data Centre Cooling Innovation of the Year
How did the solution address the challenges and were there any particularly innovative aspects that made it stand out?
PeaSoup, with the help of Submer, aims to do address the challenge by introducing an IT infrastructure design that embraces advanced liquid immersion technology to cool data centre equipment. This method of cooling reduces power usage by at least 30% and allows higher processor utilisation by maintaining temperatures below the thermal limit. This environmentally friendly high-density data centre concept allows for extremely efficient and simplified service deployment which also incorporates low noise pollution.
PeaSoup’s data centres use liquid immersion cooling technology that helps to reduce environmental impact and improve latency and cloud resilience; also allows for high-performance applications. Liquid cooling enables to cut data centre build time, servicing costs and provides a higher quality resilient cloud infrastructure compared to the legacy data centre solutions.
PeaSoup’s servers are immersed and cooled by liquid. It’s a fully biodegradable dielectric cooling fluid, designed and patented by Submer, that ambiences the IT hardware delivering instant cooling power one-thousand times more efficient than air. This dielectric liquid allows configuring CPU and GPU clusters much closer together, i.e., in high-density configurations, while protecting vital components from thermal and environmental risks.
PeaSoup's uses Submer SmartPodX units which are turnkey solutions for cloud providers. The PODs have been designed simply and environmentally, addressing data centres current challenges, such as power and water consumption. (more details in supporting documents)
The power usage effectiveness (PUE) ratio of this unit is lower than 1.03 even in harsh climate condition regions which is an excellent achievement compared to the average PUE ratio for older facilities. For example, in 2020 the average PUE for data centres globally were still around 1.58. Submer’s POD power consumption is 750W only which is again one of the lowest on the data centre market.
Furthermore, traditional data centres employ water to cool and control the data centre environment. From an operational and resilience perspectives, this is as important as electricity. To contrast the above, Submer’s data centre solutions guarantee zero water consumption thanks to the closed-loop cooling system.
The SmartPodX gives at least 30% saving of power and it’s like a catalysator for carbon emissions, increases performance and reliability from the underlying hardware whilst provide the edge against the hyper-scale cloud providers like AWS and Azure. This cloud architecture setup helps to shrink carbon footprint and improve energy self-sufficiency.
To summarise, PeaSoup new ECO Cloud uses liquid immersion technology for efficient cooling to reduce the environmental impact aligning with the Government carbon-emission plans. This will result in reduced power consumption and reduced carbon emissions. No other UK cloud/data centre provider has commercially adapted liquid immersive technology.