Thor Data Center Cuts Supercomputing Costs

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Thor.jpgSoaring power consumption and costs were making supercomputing an increasing economic burden for researchers and their universities in Scandinavia. To address these challenges, the national academic research infrastructure organizations of Sweden, Denmark, and Norway worked together to develop a green, low-cost data center to provide resources they could remotely share.

Located in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, the Advania Thor Data Center (AT/DC) uses powerful natural resources and cost-efficient natural air cooling. Its high-performance computing (HPC) platform consists of 288 HP ProLiant* BL280c G6 servers powered by Intel® Xeon® processors. This innovative facility provides a new model for shared, energy-efficient HPC resources, potentially changing the future delivery of computing services.

“Cost-efficient HPC delivery and power and cooling were the criteria for the AT/DC,” explained Kolbeinn Einarsson, business development manager for Advania Nordic. “Intel Xeon processors provide the dense, powerful HPC required by the data center and are also designed for energy efficiency.”

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