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Penguin Solutions Joins Forces with Shell and Nvidia to Build Sustainable Data Centers of the Future

In recent years, the computing landscape has undergone many changes. The world is increasingly reliant on high-performance computing (HPC), artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML) to power everything from weather forecasting to self-driving cars. These technologies have enabled us to solve previously unsolvable problems, make discoveries, and create experiences that were once impossible. Despite the advantages of these technologies, the amount of energy they consume presents a challenge – HPC, AI, and ML place an enormous burden on traditional data centers. United in a shared belief that sustainable data centers are the future, Penguin Solutions, NVIDIA, and Shell are unlocking new possibilities in modern data centers’ performance, efficiency, and environmental footprint. 

The Challenge

High-performance data centers demand greater power density, generate more heat, and require more cooling than traditional, air-cooled data centers. As demand for HPC, AI, and ML increases, so does the need for more servers which means more space and power consumption.

The Opportunity

Sustainability is high on the Shell agenda, with a range of near-term targets to support its goal to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050. The company is taking action today to reduce the environmental footprint of its operations and the energy products it sells.

The Technology 

Liquid immersion cooling involves submerging server components in a thermally conductive, electrically non-conductive (dielectric) coolant, which transfers heat away from the components more effectively than air. With immersion cooling, data center operators can significantly reduce the need to install server cooling hardware.

“The Penguin Solutions team is excited to be collaborating with Shell and NVIDIA to deliver the next generation of bespoke data center cooling solutions that are placing sustainability at the forefront. We’re proud to be supporting Shell’s transition of their business to net-zero emissions and other customer-centric sustainability efforts while providing the advanced computing infrastructure necessary to handle such intensive HPC, AI, and ML workloads. We look forward to pushing the boundaries with Shell and NVIDIA as together we lead the way for a more sustainable future,” said Kevin Tubbs, vice president of the Strategic Solutions Group at Penguin Computing. 

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