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Dunking computer servers in liquid oil: SKA scientist breaks new cooling ground

Dunking computer servers in liquid oil: SKA scientist breaks new cooling ground

JOHANNESBURG — The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project is set to help scientists peer further into space than they've ever done before. The project, which is based in South Africa's Northern Cape and Australia, also requires huge amounts of data processing. In fact, once it gets going, it will use up more data than that which is used across the globe on a daily basis. Keeping server equipment cool in this environment then will be a key challenge. But Aphiwe Hotele, a computer scientist working on the project, is testing a unique solution that involves dunking server electronics in oil to keep them cool. It's a mind-boggling concept and well worth a listen. - Gareth van Zyl

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