This paper reviews thermal management challenges encountered in a wide range of electronics cooling applications from large-scale (data center and telecommunication) to smallscale systems (personal, portable/wearable, and automotive). This paper identifies drivers for progress and immediate and future challenges based on discussions at the 3rd Workshop on Thermal Management in Telecommunication Systems and Data Centers held in Redwood City, CA, USA, on November 4–5, 2015. Participants in this workshop represented industry and academia, with backgrounds ranging from data center thermal management and energy efficiency to high-performance computing and liquid cooling, thermal management in wearable and mobile devices, and acoustic noise management. By considering a wide range of electronics cooling applications with different lengths and time scales, this paper identifies both common themes and diverging views in the thermal management community.


Energy management, information and communication networks, thermal management of electronics

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S. V. Garimella, T. Persoons, J. A. Weibel, V. Gektin, “Electronics Thermal Management in Information and Communications Technologies: Challenges and Future Directions,” IEEE Transactions on Components Packaging and Manufacturing Technology, Vol. 7, No. 8, pp. 1191-1205, 2017.