That is a question.

 

This is probably not relevant for a great number of IT folks, but it is interesting for the implications on server room/server cooling.

 

This year some enterprising researchers developed a micro cryocooler that can cool a device down to 30 Kelvin (-243 °C, -406 °F) in around an hour and is about the length of your pinkie finger. This new cryocooler device is a multi-stage, mini version of the tried and true Joule-Thompson cryocooler (circa 1852). The Joule-Thompson cryocooler cools by causing a high-pressure gas that is below its inversion temperature to expand as it flows to a low-pressure region.

 

The first stage of the new device uses nitrogen so it can cool from room temperature to 100 K (-173 °C, -180 °F) . The second stage uses hydrogen, and cools the rest of the way  to 30 K.

 

As it stands, this is a great innovation for medical technology and space technology (such as interplanetary telecommunication).

 

Now, if we can cool down to 30 K, we should be able to regulate temperatures to a happy medium between temperatures needed for superconducting devices and temperatures too hot for business-level computing. I, personally, would be very grateful for an inexpensive, consumer-level CPU cooler for my laptop.

 

In the meantime, you can use SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor to keep an eye on your server temperatures and wish you had a micro cooler for your CPUs, cryo or otherwise.