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Irregular Blade Form Factor Enables Tall Components, Improves Airflow, and Maximizes Density

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000181378D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Mar-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Mar-31
Document File: 5 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The traditional physical design of a blade server system utilizes a blade with a basic rectangular shape with constant dimensions along its width, height, and depth. While this is a simple and easy to build allocation of space, it is usually a compromise that poorly matches the size of the interior components with the requirement for overall blade density within the chassis volume. Disclosed here is a set of new and less conventional methods of designing a blade form factor that optimize for component height and thermal efficiency while maximizing the number of blade servers in a chassis.