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How can hot water cool a supercomputer?

In July 2012, engineers at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre debuted their new SuperMUC supercomputer, which uses a unique cooling system. How does hot water cooling work, and how is it green?

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  • 10 Major Players in Supercomputers

    10 Major Players in Supercomputers

    When it comes to the business of building supercomputers, taller equals smaller and cooler means faster, and these 10 players have gotten really good at it. Get to know them before they're replaced by someone new. See more »

  • 10 Most Popular Computers in History

    10 Most Popular Computers in History

    In the early years of home computing, buying a machine was a huge investment. Many models sank, but these 10 broke sales records and gave many of us our first glimpse at the digital world. Did your favorite computer make the cut? See more »

  • 10 Types of Computers

    10 Types of Computers

    It may sound silly, but there really are different types of computers. They're super, wearable and, of course, personal computers. That's three. Can you name the other seven? See more »

  • 5 Hardware Upgrades That Give You the Most for Your Money

    5 Hardware Upgrades That Give You the Most for Your Money

    There are hardware upgrades that can extend the useful life of your current computer without completely draining your account or relegating yet another piece of machinery to a landfill. Which upgrades are the best for your needs and your budget? See more »

  • Can my computer poison me?

    Can my computer poison me?

    Your computer's casing encloses some pretty toxic stuff. If you were to pick through its innards, you'd expose yourself to a whole bevy of chemicals. So how do you stay safe when you power up? See more »

  • Does powering down your computer wear it down?

    Does powering down your computer wear it down?

    Most myths have a bit of truth in them – which may be why most people believe that powering down and restarting a computer leads to wear and tear. So, what's the truth behind the myth? See more »

  • How are computers made?

    How are computers made?

    Computers run our modern lives, but how many of us actually know how these everyday machines are made? We'll take a peek at the parts and processes that create the digital tools we can't live without. See more »

  • How can a totally logical machine like a computer generate a random number?

    How can a totally logical machine like a computer generate a random number?

    C programming can create a formula for a computer to generate a random number, but there are other ways to. Check out this explanation and diagram. See more »

  • How can hot water cool a supercomputer?

    How can hot water cool a supercomputer?

    In July 2012, engineers at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre debuted their new SuperMUC supercomputer, which uses a unique cooling system. How does hot water cooling work, and how is it green? See more »

  • How do I future-proof my computer?

    How do I future-proof my computer?

    Today's mobile, sleek computers have come a long way since their comparatively clunky predecessors first debuted. Given how fast technology evolves, is there a way to protect your PC from becoming obsolete? See more »

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