CSC celebrates opening of new green data centre
Cambridge, UK | 20 February 2013
CSC – IT Center for Science has formally launched its new data centre in
Kajaani, in the former premises of UPM's paper warehouse. Modern data
centre technology, the reuse of old factory premises and free cooling
made possible by the chilly climate as well as hydro-electric power have
made it possible to construct an environmentally friendly data centre
with a reliable power supply.
The grand opening of possibly the most eco-efficient data centre in the
world took place simultaneously in two locations: at CSC’s main premises
in Espoo and the Datacenter CSC Kajaani itself, located almost 600
kilometres north of Helsinki. The opening revealed Finland's newest
supercomputer, a Cray Cascade, with Hewlett-Packard's supercluster
completing it. Its computing power is triple that of CSC's current Louhi
supercomputer, and in 2014 will reach the petaflops class. CSC is among
the first in the world to receive the Cascade-type supercomputer, which
will be one of Europe's fastest supercomputers.
The Funet Network (Finnish University and Research Network) connects
Datacenter CSC Kajaani to GÉANT thus ensuring excellent networking
capabilities for Finnish and international researchers. Eventually the
new supercomputers will be part of the PRACE resources and Funet is
prepared to update network connectivity to 100 Gigabit per second
whenever required by users.
To read more about the environmentally-friendly computing power of CSC, please see CONNECT magazine for the full story.