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Heat semiconductors and pour water over them
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Generally we try and keep computer chips cool as they run. Colder means better performance. This usually means air-conditioning data centres, which makes up a big chunk of the lecky bill.

Military grade chips are often rated as high as 125°C. Silicon is clearly capable of running at high temperatures, even if it means reduced performance.

Proposed is a computer data centre that is designed to operate at the boiling point of water under normal conditions. Phase-change heatpipes would connect each processor to some heavy-gauge water pipes that run along the racks.

Numerous benefits manifest. Since a bigger temperature difference means greater heat loss, the cooling system would be more efficient. Just-boiling water isn't really hot enough for efficient electrical energy recovery, but is perfect for supplying domestic hot water to nearby houses. The enormous latent heat for boiling water means it would take ages to boil off all of the water, and until then it would be impossible for the system to overheat. Lastly, data centres should be built adjacent to steam museums, which often cannot run their demonstrations on a daily basis because of the cost of heating their boilers. This should take off the edge.

The only disadvantage I can think of is the sysadmins would have to wear full-body cooling apparatus. But, these could be styled like Victorian diving suits, which would make them stylish and fun to wear.

mitxela, Apr 06 2016

Already a plan, albeit not boiling water http://www.theregis...ata_centers/?page=2
(linked to page 2 of article; page 1 less relevant) [Loris, Apr 07 2016]

May I take your order? https://upload.wiki...nolle_MnM_Paris.jpg
[mitxela, Apr 08 2016]


       From the title, I thought this would be something to do with the attractiveness of restaurant staff.
hippo, Apr 07 2016

       attractive restaurant staff? I'll bun that. [+]
Voice, Apr 07 2016

       Your server might have been a hot chick. Then again it might have been a balding, middle-aged man - it was difficult to determine anything about who was inside that suit. There might have been eyes behind one of the misty round windows that dappled the cast iron helmet, perched on a genderless figure of plates, pipes and pressure seals. Silent, motionless and staring into the distance, it seemed to say Task Complete, Awaiting Instructions more than May I Take Your Order.   

       You turn your eyes back to the card in your hand. You ask.   

       "Is _everything_ on this menu boiled?"   

       Was that a shrug? A hunching of the shoulders as that brass and glass face stooped towards the floor, a sigh of disappointment in every creak of the jointed limbs. The figure began to turn and with a painful slowness stomped its way back to the Staff Only door, thudding footsteps shaking cutlery and echoed by the squelching of rubber hose around steel toe-capped boots.   

       Like a portal to another world, your server faded away into a billow of steam, leaving nothing but a faint muttering that this restaurant side business may have been a mistake. There were racks to attend to.
mitxela, Apr 08 2016

       A rare pleasure [mix]
Voice, Apr 08 2016

       [mitxela], that's a BEAUTIFUL sculpture, what is the story behind it ?
normzone, Apr 08 2016

       [normzone] it's from the wikipedia page for Atmospheric Diving Suit. It was apparently built in 1882, but that can't be right because it was clearly inspired by the video game Bioshock.
mitxela, Apr 10 2016

       Film Noir Diner?
hippo, Apr 11 2016


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