It is beyond doubt that CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, uses High Performance Compute (HPC) for its data processing and storage. The scientific and technical staff develop, build and monitor the perfect functioning of the particle accelerators. In addition, they provide support for the preparation, performance, analysis and interpretation of data from complex experiments.
CERN has decided not to build new or additional (traditional) data centres, but to use Prefabricated Data Centre Modules to carry out the upgrades instead. The advantages of these modules are obvious:
Each Prefabricated Data Centre provides a 2 MW net IT load with an estimated annual average pPUE below 1.075. Herewith, the Automation SAFE-ECO solution achieves a value far below the 1.10 pPUE requirement in terms of energy efficiency thanks to the integration of a cooling system that is specifically adapted to the weather conditions in Central Europe.
By way of comparison: a traditional data centre with a power of 2 MW has a pPUE between 1.35 and 1.8. Or, in other words: a traditional data centre consumes 25% more energy than a Prefabricated Data Centre.
A wide range of segments and businesses are already using Prefabricated Datacenter Modules:
Furthermore, 600 personalized modules have been installed all over the world in a wide range of industries and applications, such as Industrial IoT, Telco, HPC and ECO.
Automation will be present at the ISC Exhibition in Frankfurt for HPC from 25 to 27 June at booth C-1222. In addition, the Project Manager of LHCb, Niko Neufeld, will be giving a presentation, on 27 June, in which he will explain why he has chosen Automation's Prefabricated Data Centre Modules.
The first 2 CERN modules will be delivered in September.