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1. US20100091449 - Modular Computing Environments

Office United States of America
Application Number 11720728
Application Date 27.06.2006
Publication Number 20100091449
Publication Date 15.04.2010
Publication Kind A1
IPC
G06F 1/20
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING OR COUNTING
FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
1Details not covered by groups G06F3/-G06F13/82
16Constructional details or arrangements
20Cooling means
Applicants CLIDARAS JIMMY
WHITTED WILLIAM
HAMBURGEN WILLIAM
SYKORA MONTGOMERY
LEUNG WINNIE
AIGNER GERALD
BEATY DONALD L
Inventors Clidaras Jimmy
Whitted William
Hamburgen William
Sykora Montgomery
Leung Winnie
Aigner Gerald
Beaty Donald L.
Agents FISH &; RICHARDSON P.C.
Title
(EN) Modular Computing Environments
Abstract
(EN)

A computer system may include a connecting hub having a plurality of docking regions and be configured to provide to each docking region electrical power, a data network interface, a cooling fluid supply and a cooling fluid return; and a plurality of shipping containers that each enclose a modular computing environment that incrementally adds computing power to the system. Each shipping container may include a) a plurality of processing units coupled to the data network interface, each of which include a microprocessor; b) a heat exchanger configured to remove heat generated by the plurality of processing units by circulating cooling fluid from the supply through the heat exchanger and discharging it into the return; and c) docking members configured to releasably couple to the connecting hub at one of the docking regions to receive electrical power, connect to the data network interface, and receive and discharge cooling fluid.