Patent Number: 8,797,740

Title: Multi-rack assembly method with shared cooling unit

Abstract: A multi-rack assembly is provided which includes first and second electronics racks. The first electronics rack includes one or more cooling units disposed within the first electronics rack, which are coupled in fluid communication with a primary coolant loop of the first electronics rack to, at least in part, provide cooled coolant to the primary coolant loop and facilitate cooling one or more first rack electronic components. The second electronics rack includes a secondary coolant loop coupled in fluid communication with the cooling unit(s) disposed within the first electronics rack. The multi-rack assembly further includes a controller to automatically provide cooled coolant to the secondary coolant loop, and wherein the controller controls flow of cooled coolant from the cooling unit(s) to the secondary coolant loop depending, at least in part, on cooling requirements of the first electronics rack.

Inventors: Campbell; Levi A. (Poughkeepsie, NY), Chu; Richard C. (Hopewell Junction, NY), David; Milnes P. (Fishkill, NY), Ellsworth, Jr.; Michael J. (Lagrangeville, NY), Iyengar; Madhusudan K. (Foster City, CA), Simons; Robert E. (Poughkeepsie, NY)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: H05K 7/20 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/05/12018