Cooling Energy-Hungry Data Centers

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Science  16 Apr 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5976, pp. 318-319
DOI: 10.1126/science.1182769

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Soon after the Internet took off in the mid-1990s, enterprise computing infrastructures with warehouses full of servers, known as data centers, became commonplace. The energy consumption challenges posed by such data centers are considerable. The power dissipation of servers has to be managed skillfully. Perhaps surprisingly, the power consumption of the cooling infrastructure that is required to keep the microelectronic components from overheating is on a par with that of the servers themselves.