Inside an oil industry datacentre

Inside an oil industry datacentre

Summary: ZDNet UK has toured an oil industry 'megacentre' to see what types of demands this strenuous, computing-intensive industry places on its datacentres

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  • Heat aisle corridor

    Inside the heat aisle corridor, temperatures can climb to as high as 49°C. This is partially because of the intensity of the jobs run by the servers, Turff said. Typical co-location facilities run at around a 5KW drawdown per rack, but PGS runs at between 15 and 20KW, due to the relative power-intensity of its high-performance computing specification servers, he added.

    The hot air rises and is conducted through an overhead plenum into an adjoining sequence of interconnected rooms, then it is pushed back into the datacentre to be drawn through the front of the servers.

    Photo credit: Jack Clark


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


  • Filter bags

    After the air has left the rack cabinets, it travels across the plenum above the megacentre's ceiling. It then comes down into a room filled with filter bags (pictured), through which it is strained.

    Photo credit: Jack Clark


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


  • Datacentre fans

    Once the air has passed through the filters, it is sped by the fans through a watercooled grate and back into the datacentre.

    The water is cooled by an exterior adiabatic cooling system, which circulates water through a large radiator-esque arrangement of pipes on the exterior of the facility. It then goes through the plumbing of an 800KW chiller — which only kicks in when ambient air temperature goes over 26°C — to the end grate, where it is then re-circulated back to the exterior cooling.

    Photo credit: Jack Clark


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


Topics: Datacentre Tour, Networking

Jack Clark

About Jack Clark

Currently a reporter for ZDNet UK, I previously worked as a technology researcher and reporter for a London-based news agency.

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