07738251 is referenced by 63 patents and cites 47 patents.

A computer system may include a connecting hub having a plurality of docking regions and be configured to provide to each docking region electrical power, a data network interface, a cooling fluid supply and a cooling fluid return; and a plurality of shipping containers that each enclose a modular computing environment that incrementally adds computing power to the system. Each shipping container may include a) a plurality of processing units coupled to the data network interface, each of which include a microprocessor; b) a heat exchanger configured to remove heat generated by the plurality of processing units by circulating cooling fluid from the supply through the heat exchanger and discharging it into the return; and c) docking members configured to releaseably couple to the connecting hub at one of the docking regions to receive electrical power, connect to the data network interface, and receive and discharge cooling fluid.

Title
Modular computing environments
Application Number
11/757101
Publication Number
7738251 (B2)
Application Date
June 1, 2007
Publication Date
June 15, 2010
Inventor
Donald L Beaty
Red Bank
NJ, US
Gerald Aigner
Huobstrasse
CH
Winnie Leung
Mountain View
CA, US
Montgomery Sykora
Denver
CO, US
William Hamburgen
Palo Alto
CA, US
William Whitted
Woodside
CA, US
Jimmy Clidaras
Los Altos
CA, US
Agent
Fish & Richardson P C
Assignee
Google
CA, US
IPC
G06F 13/00
G06F 15/16
B60F 1/00
F28F 7/00
F25D 23/12
H05K 7/20
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