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Water cooling returns to IBM mainframes

Water cooling returns to IBM mainframes

IBM next will begin shipping a computer with something that customers have not seen in a new mainframe from the company since 1995 — water cooling.

The new mainframe, dubbed the zEnterprise 196, can operate with up to 96 processors versus 64 in the System z10 mainframe using about the same amount of power.

IBM credits the improved efficiency to an assortment of updates affecting how the new system uses its resources. Nonetheless, IBM saw fit to offer water cooling to help reduce overall data center cooling needs.

The zEnterprise 196 doesn’t include the built-in, integrated water cooling systems of old, said Jim Porell, an IBM distinguished engineer who works on the zSeries. Instead, the company is offering users an optional water cooled heat exchanger,

Read More/Source: Infoworld

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