Cooling servers in a data center is a difficult, expensive, and not very green endeavor. For companies like Yahoo, which the entire business is predicated on running and cooling massive amounts of servers, seeking breakthroughs in cooling technologies can produce significant benefits. This article describes how Yahoo, with help from a government grant, is looking at how manufacturing companies cooled their factories before air conditioning was developed. The goal is to use these techniques to improve how data centers are cooled. In the process it seems that traditional wisdom about cooling servers may be turned on its head.
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