Asperitas, a member of the Open Compute Project (OCP) since 2017, has been leading the immersion cooling activities within the Advanced Cooling sub-project. The Dutch cleantech company has also exemplified their leadership position in the Community through active contributions in the OCP Global Summit and subsequent Tech Week in 2020. The year also saw the launch of the new AIC24 21” immersion cooling hardware solution as well as the strategic partnership with global fluid developers and process oils specialists Shell.
Peter Uelen, Asperitas CCO commented: “I am delighted to be renewing our Platinum membership with OCP. Not only are they the leading organization for sharing best practices within the datacentre industry, but they are also our community for R&D, technical OEM relations and hyperscale innovators, who recognise us for our actual contributions. We are keen to expand our presence in the upcoming workstreams, which will complement the notable efforts to date.”
Further bolstering industry high standards has been the OCP Accepted™ recognition for the Asperitas Open Cassette product in 2020. Developed by Asperitas, the Open Cassette can house any IT spec that is compatible with the OCP chassis, as well as different kinds of chassis. The flexible design allows brand-dependent equipment to be used in immersion with optimised liquid flow capabilities. The chassis, which has 15”, 19” and 21” options as well as 1U, 1OU and 2U height options, has been developed for single-phase immersion, but other cooling solutions have not been ruled out. In short, the product exemplifies the OCP principles of efficiency, scale, openness and impact.
Speaking further on the Asperitas involvement with OCP, Rolf Brink, Asperitas CEO said: “Our contributions to OCP are very important and the Open Cassette does not stand alone. We have provided other material specifications and have been the driving force behind several papers such as Design Guidelines for Immersion Cooled IT Equipment and Immersion Requirements. These documents form the first and only industry references for IT equipment OEMs to build their portfolios for immersion. To this point, every OCP specification which relates to immersion cooling recognises the Asperitas name as a main contributor or author. We are very proud of all this work and we take this position very seriously in our efforts to spearhead a global transition to immersion technologies.”
The OCP Platinum membership renewal will exemplify the Asperitas high caliber impact through further written contributions, active involvement in workstreams and participation at events such as webinars, technology days and global summits, further demonstrating themselves as thought leaders within the datacentre industry.
Archna Haylock, Community Director for the Open Compute Project Foundation stated: "We are very grateful for the contributions and expertise that Asperitas brings to our community. Their collaboration style and leadership by example is what has made the Immersion Sub-project one of the fastest growing communities in our ecosystem in the past year. Asperitas is helping OCP think about solutions for adopting immersion in the datacentre facilities and beyond.”
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Asperitas is a Dutch clean and high-tech scale-up with an HQ in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The company has developed and marketed Immersed Computing®, a technology based on immersion liquid cooling to enable datacentres to function in a sustainable manner, even for the most demanding users and environments. In 2018, Asperitas won the international New Energy Challenge competition organised by Shell, Rockstart and YES!Delft. In May 2020, the World Economic Forum published a paper on Transformational Energy Innovations of the last 10 years, selecting Asperitas technology as the only datacentre energy efficiency solution in their ground-breaking paper.
The Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP) was initiated by Facebook in 2011 with a mission to apply the benefits of open source and open collaboration to hardware and rapidly increase the pace of innovation in, near and around the datacentre’s networking equipment, general purpose and GPU servers, storage devices and appliances, and scalable rack designs. OCP’s collaboration model is being applied beyond the datacentre, helping to advance the telecom industry & EDGE infrastructure.