Strangest locations for datacenters (photos)

Strangest locations for datacenters (photos)

Summary: You can find datacenters in all corners of the globe, well beneath the Earth's surface, and even in churches, according to Silicon.com's Nick Heath.

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  • Located amid the colonnades and Romanesque arches of the Torre Girona chapel, MareNostrum is one of the fastest supercomputers in the world.

    No longer a place of worship, today the chapel is the site of supercomputing research into computer, Earth and life sciences. The machine has 10,240 IBM Power PC 970MP processors that have a combined peak performance of 94.21 teraflops.

    In November 2010, it was ranked 118 in the list of the top 500 supercomputers in the world.

    The supercomputer was built by the Spanish national and regional government and is used for research by a number of tech companies, including Microsoft and IBM.

    Photo: Barcelona Supercomputing Center

  • As the name suggests, the superconducting super collider was a big deal, so big in fact it would have put the Large Hadron Collider to shame.

    Unfortunately, the Texas-based particle accelerator was cancelled in 1993 after Congress deemed its projected $12bn price tag too expensive.

    By the time the project was cancelled, 14 miles of tunnel had been dug for the accelerator and nearly $2bn had been spent on the project.

    But science's loss is computing's gain - with the site now reportedly being marketed as a location for a tier III or IV datacentre.

    Photo: Department of Energy

  • When it comes to datacenters, cold is good. So building a facility in a country with the word 'ice' in its name would seem to make perfect sense.

    Verne Global is building a 45-acre datacenter complex in Iceland, on the former Nato airbase of Keflavik, seen here in active service.

    Low temperatures all year round will allow the use of fresh air or naturally chilled water for cooling, with Verne Global claiming typical savings of 80 per cent over alternative methods.

    All of Iceland's energy is produced by geothermal and hydroelectric energy, creating a 100 percent green power supply for the datacenter.

    Iceland's mid-Atlantic location allows for low millisecond connections to London and New York. The area is relatively safe from natural disasters, with Verne Holding claiming the bedrock has very little chance of earthquakes and is situated away from volcanoes.

    Photo: US Defense Imagery

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  • RE: Strangest locations for datacenters (photos)

    How do you figure out where west is in Antarctica?
    boomchuck1
    • RE: Strangest locations for datacenters (photos)

      @boomchuck1: ROTFLMAO ! I'd like to hear the answer to that myself!
      The Reverend
    • West in Antartica

      @boomchuck1

      Easy question. It's counter-clockwise.
      bob.kerns2
      • RE: Strangest locations for datacenters (photos)

        @bob.kerns2
        Go to the South Pole and look north along the GM. Everything to the left is West.

        yumsun
        yumsun@...
  • RE: Strangest locations for datacenters (photos)

    Only "Easy" if you take a self-absorbed viewpoint; certainly less-than useful if you're arranging a meeting point or giving someone directions. At zero latitude, longitude is a consensual way to establish direction. Besides, boomchuck1 was being irreverent, creative & playful (which I greatly enjoyed) but, which is likely to go right over the heads of some high-functioning Asperger-types...
    deltadan
  • Cold is good

    Cold is good if you have a fridge in youyr PC tower freezing the CPU & GPU. On a room or building sized scale it is a nightmare as static electrical charges build up much more readily and to a greater level than in warmer, humid environments. MAke sure that earthing strap is well connected!
    DOSlover
  • RE: Strangest locations for datacenters (photos)

    I have 2TB of storage on my Desktop, so you probably meant 2PB....
    legleye@...
  • McMurdo and south Pole?

    For some reason I get the impression the author is trying to say that McMurdo station is at the South Pole. McMurdo is on the coast of Antarctica, more than 600 miles from the south Pole (and in a position where East and West are clearly significant). Or to put it another way, McMurdo is about as close to the south Pole as northern Greenland is to the North Pole. Get your facts straight, ZD.
    gardoglee
  • RE: Strangest locations for datacenters (photos)

    2Tb of storage - Wow !!!
    neilpost
  • RE: Strangest locations for datacenters (photos)

    2Tb would be impressive,,, if it was on floppies.
    What the ...!