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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  • 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.


  • Vent room

    Eventually, the air returns to the datacentre through the grilles. The pressure toward the grille end of the datacentre is kept at 5 pascals above the ambient pressure level to ensure that the air makes its way through the datacentre and back toward the servers.

    Each of PGS's megacentres has expansion capacity for 100 percent of their current size, Turff said, and expansion for the Weybridge facility will occur once demand scales enough for it to be necessary.

    Photo credit: Jack Clark


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


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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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