Maybe you have been considering trying your luck at mining some bitcoins. As more and more people get involved in mining and more bitcoins are found the computing power required to effectively mine bitcoins is becoming increasingly more complex. Some people are attempting to distribute the problem across thousands of machines across the internet using mining pools and others are building huge machines specifically for the purpose of mining. The images below are of the huge new secret mining facility of ASICMINER based in Hongkong.
The mining facility is located in an industrial area in Hong Kong and are composed of many standard racks, the kind you would find in a standard data centre. Each of the racks contains three sealed liquid glass tanks. There are are blades operating quietly in the liquid whist switchers hang above.
With the air conditioning turned off the place would be incredibly quiet.
The immersion cooling technology is now very mature and much of this equipment is bespoke, designed specifically for the ASICMINER operation. Their earlier versions had many external interfaces and was equipped with a heat sink. However, these days the new blade PCBs have been massively improved in order to optimise the cooling effect of the liquid heat transference system. These are the same systems used to cool many super computer systems.
Currently each liquid tank can accomodate 92 blades – this will probably increase in the future. Each cooling pipe can consume upto 25Kw of energy (a standard kettle uses around 3KW)
After being loaded with liquid each tank weighs around 200kg. The liquid maintains an output temperature of around 37 degrees celsius. It is a low pressure system to keep it as cheap as possible whilst maintaining best performance and reliability. You will find similar liquids in the cooling systems of major financial institutions data centres and it is also fire retardant.
Stability is key in this mining operation and all cooling machines and pumps have built in redundancy. There are also 3 separate internet uplinks built into the system to ensure there is no one single failure point.
As of today the farm has not yet become fully operational – some of the racks are still waiting to be brought online. Possibly with a new generation of chips from ASICMINER.
This system has been built for large scale deployment worldwide – just connect it to a power supply, give it an internet connection and it can go. In a cold environment this system could even be used to provide heating for offices. However, I suspect this will not be the case in Hong Kong.
So if you still fancy having a go at mining you may well need to up your game. I personally am just going to try and make some cash playing the secondary bitcoin market. It seems like it might be a little bit easier.
You have to admit – they do have an amazing rack.