Immersion cooling specialist Asperitas has achieved their AIC24 quality and safety qualification for global technology community, Open Compute Project (OCP) recognising the solution as the first OCP immersion cooling technology to be validated for use in the OCP domain. The unanimous approval of the OCP panel further strengthens the Asperitas position as thought leaders and contributors to high industry standards.
Asperitas, an active member of OCP since 2018, has been leading the immersion cooling activities within significant projects, such as the Advanced Cooling sub-project. The Immersion Requirements Document Revision 1.0 has been developed with several other community members in the workstream such as Intel and Schneider Electric, with Revision 2 moving towards completion in October 2021. The AIC24 solution, already known for its energy efficiency, resiliency, flexibility and sustainability, has achieved the high recognition for its quality and safety within these requirements. The submission has been approved for the OCP Marketplace for countries that recognize the CE mark as means of regulatory compliance with relevant standards (EU and others) with other territories to follow, pending UL certification. In addition, Asperitas has been accredited the optional ‘thermal optimised’ and ‘high safety’ classifications in further recognition of our high quality technology.“
Asperitas is thrilled to be the first immersion cooling vendor to have approval for all 3 levels of requirement (Standard, Thermal Optimization and High safety) flying through the process with unanimous and unconditional approval.” commented Andy Young, Asperitas CTO. “We aim to use this recognition to enable the market place listing of our integrated IT solutions, which are based on the OCP Accepted™ Open Cassette and follow the OCP Design Guidelines for Immersion-Cooled IT equipment. The fully redundant, fully contained solution complies with Dutch NEN norms, which are among the most restrictive in Europe. This further establishes Asperitas as the leading immersion cooling vendor, given we’re the first to achieve full industry recognition by OCP. We boast a full set of immersion products and procedures that ensure the highest quality and reliability for immersion worldwide.”
The recent qualification complements 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.
Archna Haylock, Chief Community Officer for the Open Compute Project Foundation stated: “The OCP ACS-Immersion Community has been hard at work. They have been able to establish a better understanding of common practices and translate this into a working document – one that all companies can follow as a baseline. Asperitas has taken these guidelines, presented before a panel of peers in the ACS-Immersion Community and clearly demonstrated that they do work, proving their innovative technology to be of high quality." She continued: "The fact that Asperitas is the very first to be qualified using these OCP guidelines is a huge testament to their hard work, leadership and those who are now benefiting from this collective effort. This is what OCP should be and this is what companies like Asperitas are accomplishing within it. We are so excited to see this effort go from concept to practice.”
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 company is fully recognised for being an industry leader in cutting edge immersion cooling solutions for energy efficient and high-density datacentres globally.
Asperitas will showcase their integrated AIC24 21” immersion cooling hardware solution at the upcoming OCP Global Summit in San Jose, California, in November.
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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.