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HP Embraces Water to Shake Up High-Performance Computing

Hewlett-Packard Co. is introducing a new cooling technology for its powerful computers that run financial models and create complex designs: water.

An exotic -- and seemingly risky -- method usually used in high-end gaming computers, Hewlett-Packard’s new Apollo family of server computers will feature water cooling to reduce the amount of energy needed to power fans that stop them from overheating, said Antonio Neri, chief of the company’s servers business.

“There is nothing like this on the market,” Neri said in an interview. “It sucks the heat from compute servers in a unique way.”