Friday November 11, 2016

University of Toronto Selects CoolIT Systems For CHIME Project

CoolIT Systems, Inc., the world leader in energy efficient liquid cooling solutions for the HPC, Cloud and Enterprise markets, has been selected by the University of Toronto to provide custom liquid cooling for its new signal processing backend which will support Canada’s largest radio telescope, the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME), a joint project between the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and three major Universities (McGill, Toronto, UBC).

The system to be cooled is being housed at the NRC’s facility for radio astronomy at Penticton B.C. The sealed container functions as a Faraday Cage to prevent leakage of electromagnetic energy which would contaminate the telescope’s observations. The CHIME collaboration realised early in its planning process that cooling the custom GPU-intensive servers with traditional air conditioning would be difficult and costly, and began exploring liquid-cooled solutions.