By the numbers: PGS datacentre

Summary:ZDNet UK has visited the Petroleum Geo-Services datacentre and gathered specifications on the Weybridge location for future comparisons

The main processing hall in Petroleum Geo-Services' Weybridge-based megacentre is geared towards high-performance computing scale jobs, crunching data gathered by an ocean-going fleet of seismic survey vessels.

The PGS datacentre sits at the top of a family of 21 processing centres distributed across the world, with two other megacentres in Houston, Texas and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

PGS megacentre

Inside the PGS megacentre in Weybridge. Photo credit: Jack Clark


FacilityMain processing hall in Petroleum Geo-Services' Weybridge megacentre
Power usage effectiveness (PUE)1.127
Size5,737 square feet
KW per rackCapacity up to 20KW. The high density racks average out to 15KW.
CoolingEcofris air-cooling solution. Direct expansion cooling used for less than 100 hours per year. 24°C threshold.
HardwarePredominantly HPC-geared 1U servers
Compute capacityRoughly equivalent to 40,000 Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz processors
Designed byKeysource
IT power700KW currently used, expandable up to to 1.8MW
OpenedNovember 2008


Want to know more about PGS's 'lunatic fringe' computing? Read the ZDNet UK's datacentre tour diary.

Topics: Data Centers, Networking


Jack Clark has spent the past three years writing about the technical and economic principles that are driving the shift to cloud computing. He's visited data centers on two continents, quizzed senior engineers from Google, Intel and Facebook on the technologies they work on and read more technical papers than you care to name on topics f... Full Bio

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