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The Future of Data Center Cooling: Has Air Cooling Reached Its Limits?

Gordon Johnson  (Senior CFD Manager, Subzero Engineering)

Location: Room 202B

Date: Wednesday, April 17

Time: 2:35 pm - 3:30 pm

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Track: Sustainability Strategies, from Power to Recycling

Session Type: Conference Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All Audiences

Today, many data centers are experiencing increasing power density per IT rack, rising to levels that just a few years ago seemed extreme and out of reach, but today are considered both common and typical while simultaneously deploying air cooling.

This increase has left data center designers and managers wondering if air-cooled ITE has finally reached its limits, and if liquid cooling is the long-term solution. It's not a simple yes or no answer.

Why is the debate of air versus liquid cooling such a hot topic in the industry right now? To answer this question, we need to understand what's driving the need to consider liquid cooling in some data centers. Can air and liquid cooling coexist in the same white space? Are there other options, or is it time to make the change to 100% liquid cooling?


  • What do server power trends reveal, and what's driving server power growth?
  • Additional options for air cooling.
  • Liquid cooling for air-cooled ITE.
  • AALC (Air Assisted Liquid Cooling).
  • Direct Liquid Cooling (DLC) versus Immersion Liquid Cooling