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The Ultimate Mission Critical Application Relies on Aquatherm PP-R Pipe for Cooling

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, HVAC
Products Used
Blue Pipe®
Location / Date
Livermore, CA

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Provided $2 million project savings
  • Leak-proof heat fusion joints are fast, simple, and reliable
  • Chemical inertness ensured complete compatibility with sensitive equipment
  • Backed by a 10-year multimillion-dollar warranty
lawrence livermore national laboratory

The Challenge

Specifying and installing a piping system for the data center housing one of the world's most powerful supercomputers.

The Solution

Aquatherm’s PP-R pipe offered all of the benefits of plastic (cost savings, easier installation, improved flow) without any fumes, glues or chemicals used during installation.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is an enduring symbol of America's scientific and military proficiency. Located in Livermore, CA, LLNL's stated mission is strengthening U.S. security through development and application of world-class science and technology to:

  • Enhance the nation's defense;
  • Reduce the global threat from terrorism and weapons of mass destruction;
  • And respond with vision, quality, integrity and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance

In an effort to achieve this mission, LLNL has continually sought to lead the world in terms of computing power. According to TOP500® Supercomputers (http://www.top500.org/), LLNL realized that goal, but was surpassed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Titan in November.

As posted in June 2012: "For the first time since November 2009, a U.S. supercomputer sits atop the TOP500 list of the world's top supercomputers. Named Sequoia, the IBM BlueGene/Q system installed at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory achieved an impressive 16.32 petaflop/second on the Linpack benchmark using 1,572,864 cores. Sequoia is also one of the most energy efficient systems on the list..."

Sequoia was also rated number 1 on the Green 500TM. In designing Sequoia and its supporting infrastructure, LLNL's engineers sought a compact physical footprint while also using LEED Gold certification as a guideline.