New SURFsara data centre keeps science on top worldwide

8 Nov 2016 Amsterdam - Thanks to the opening of the new SURFsara data centre the scientific research in the Netherlands can keep its competitive position worldwide. The data centre has a large potential for growth in computing power and data storage capacity. The new data centre has been officially launched on November 8 in the Amsterdam Data Tower. With a future data storage capacity of an exabyte - 1 million terabyte - the Netherlands can enter the exa-scale league, the Champions League for scientific research.

"It is a race between different countries for top research, publications, Nobel Prizes and economic competitiveness. This will make a difference in the future", stated CEO prof. dr. Anwar Osseyran and CTO dr. Axel Berg, SURFsara.

In order to compete scientifically, researchers want to execute more precise and accurate simulations. This research requires more computing power, for instance for the simulation of climate change or viable energy resources, measurement of sea currents or the mapping of the universe. More Big Data are coming from geographical, health and other research and from devices and sensors that are linked to the Internet of Things (IoT). This data requires an enormous data storage capacity and a hightech ICT infrastructure, enabling scientists and researchers to work via the Cloud.

The new data centre, also hosting the national supercomputer Cartesius, has a data storage capacity and computing power that can be compared with the power of some 10,000 modern PCs. Currently, the data centre can store about 100 petabyte - 1 million gigabyte - of data but the goal is to strongly expand this capacity in the near future.

"The data storage in the Netherlands enhances each year by factor 1,5. This data centre is built to cover this capacity", according to Anwar Osseyran and Axel Berg. "Now we are ready for the Dutch scientific research of the future."

Earlier this year we had an interview with SURFsara director Anwar Osseyran about the new building and its adaption to house supercomputers.

Source: SURFsara