For ISC’11 in Hamburg, T-Platforms brought to their exhibition booth a prototype of a water-cooled system. I think I remember those thick black rubber tubes (and hope that was not a dream).
(UPD: A Google search reveals that they were, indeed, working on a water-cooled system, to be installed in the Moscow State University. The prototype system called “TB2W”was developed, and it is described in this T-Platforms’ brochure. Probably that was the system I saw at ISC’11).
So I decided they are working on a product that would implement water cooling. But, much to my surprise, one year later, at ISC’12, they didn’t bring anything water-cooled with them. Their sales manager told me they currently ship traditional air-cooled systems, and have also produced a “personal supercomputer” — a replacement for Cray CX1 product that is no longer shipped by Cray. How bizarre, I thought.
Just a couple of days later I was strolling around the exhibition hall, and came to the IBM booth to take a look at their water-cooled iDataPlex servers they used for SuperMUC, as they were on display. I was having a conversation with IBM representative when I saw a T-Platforms employee coming up to the booth, accompanied by a lady. They came to the water-cooled server, and he pointed his finger somewhere to the copper tubes and told: “Look here! Let’s see, that’s how they made the cooling”.
I was really surprised and, actually, I was just stunned. The IBM representative didn’t understand why I suddenly stopped talking to him, so I had to explain that those visitors were his competitors from T-Platforms. “Really?”, he replied. I can’t say he was pleased to hear that, but unlike me, he at least stood firm on the ground.
Later I had a conversation with another man whose company had a booth at the exhibition. He commented on the situation in the following way: “Yes, we saw that T-Platforms guy near our booth — but we recognized him, and so we advised him to stay away”.