Global technology community, Open Compute Project (OCP) has awarded Rolf Brink, founder of immersion cooling specialist Asperitas with the OCP 2021 Volunteer Leadership Award, recognising him for his collaborative efforts within the Advanced Cooling Solutions (ACS) Project. Furthermore, the Advanced Cooling Facilities (ACF) project and ACS project will now merge to form a new Top-Level project for Cooling.
The scope of the ACS Immersion Cooling project has been to discuss requirements, specs, best practices and products related to immersion cooling. Expertly led by Brink since 2018, the project has grown from strength to strength, with Asperitas themselves being acknowledged recently as the first immersion cooling vendor to have approval for all 3 levels of requirement (Standard, Thermal Optimization and High safety) flying through the OCP panel process with unanimous and unconditional approval. The new top-level project will focus on open designs for door heat exchangers, cold plate, immersion, and heat re-use.
Commenting on his recognition, Rolf Brink said: “I am delighted to receive such an award, having taken my position as Project Lead very seriously from the start. The contributions to OCP are very important to me, with the community calls providing much needed collaboration opportunities to apply the benefits of open source to hardware, rapidly increasing the pace of innovation in, near and around datacentres. I’m most proud of the fact that I had a vision for disruptive change in the industry and I recognised the role OCP could play in it. This vision has become a reality due to the relentless efforts of the community and the OCP Foundation. OCP is the main industry platform for liquid cooling and the go-to place for all developments on liquid cooling worldwide, and I’m grateful to be able to accept this award in person.”
Brink was officially recognised for his efforts at the OCP Global Summit whereby he was presented with a plaque to acknowledge his accomplishment.Archna Haylock, Chief Community Officer for the Open Compute Project Foundation said: “The Advanced Cooling Solutions Project is a success because of Rolf’s tireless efforts and passion for open source solutions. This Project has grown from a small concept, to a workgroup, to a full blown global community, consisting of contributions from many members around immersion guidelines and best practices. Thank so much to Rolf for his leadership in fostering a positive collaborative environment and in supporting OCP in its mission and tenets of scale, growth, efficiency and impact.”
Asperitas is known for its collaboration with OEMs to facilitate fully warranted solutions. The cleantech company is leading the efforts to build the industry by sharing expert knowledge with the global community and has been the driving force behind every immersion specification so far, with four listings currently on the OCP Contributions Database. The Immersion Requirements Document Revision 1.0 has been developed with several other community members in the workstream, with Revision 2 due for publication by the end of 2021. The company is fully recognised for being an industry leader in cutting edge immersion cooling solutions for energy efficient and high-density datacentres globally.
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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.