[clug] Re: nitrogen cooled server

Ellis prellis at pcug.org.au
Thu Nov 6 00:25:27 EST 2003


This is the stuff of legend. Tell us that you have the photos up some place
and have submitted it to http://slashdot.org ....

It must be at possible to sneak it on a rsphysse.anu.edu.au site.


> Message: 9
> Date: Wed, 05 Nov 2003 19:47:16 +1100
> From: Darren Freeman <daz111 at rsphysse.anu.edu.au>
> Subject: [clug] nitrogen cooled server
> To: linux at samba.org
> Message-ID: <1068022036.30421.69.camel at stealth.anu.edu.au>
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> Today I decided to put two foam coffee-cups full of liquid nitrogen
> inside the tower case and shut the lid. They are under the big fan on my
> GeForce 4 which nicely stirs up the air over the nitrogen so it boils
> off steadily. Nice fog effect.
> After doing that I installed 9.2 without any hitches. Stable ever since.
> I had cooling problems before, but once the RAID was synchronised I
> never bashed the drives all that much so I got uptimes like 10 days
> before voluntary reboot. It was only yesterday that heavy disc usage
> locked up the machine and started all thic crap over again. Plus the
> airconditioning here isn't all that stable.
> So let that be a lesson to us all. Just running the CPU at 100% isn't
> enough to verify good cooling. You have to thrash the drives too. (brand
> new Western Digitals get *hot* compared to similar Seagates!)
> Also if a computer locks up all the time and you are getting clueless,
> try a couple of cups full of liquid nitrogen every couple of hours.
> You've run out when the side panel isn't cool anymore. It helps to have
> nitrogen on tap though ;)
> Have fun,
> Darren

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