As calls grow louder for supercomputers (and datacenters, broadly) to operate sustainably, how can the sector deliver on that imperative without sacrificing the crucial work performed on those systems?
With processor performance not providing promising leads in efficiency, facility improvements—such as novel air and water economy measures and liquid cooling—have been picking up much of the slack. System-level improvements, such as dynamic power management and accelerator integration, have also provided substantial improvements.
But it's not enough—at least, not forever—and the most apparent outside-the-fence tools have their own drawbacks.
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