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Primeur weekly 2020-05-25

Focus

InsideHPC's Rich Brueckner passes away at 58 ...

Only half of the EuroHPC countries confirmed they will participate in co-funding EuroHPC projects ...

Quantum computing

Atos and CSC empower the Finnish quantum research community with Atos Quantum Learning Machine ...

Quantum Hall effect 'reincarnated' in 3D topological materials ...

University of California Los Angeles physicists develop world's best quantum bits ...

Quantum leap: Photon discovery is a major step toward at-scale quantum technologies ...

Focus on Europe

HPC-AI Advisory Council and ISC Group continue Annual Student Cluster Competition as an online event ...

ELASTIC software architecture advances urban mobility in Florence ...

Middleware

Waste energy of LUMI supercomputer produces 20 percent of the district heat of Kajaani ...

Italy-based Do IT Systems becomes Bright Services Partner ...

Hardware

Microsoft claims to have built new supercomputer for OpenAI ...

New York University and IBM research takes electrons for a spin in moving toward more efficient, higher density data ...

GRC wins Phase I of AFWERX Programme ...

Samsung Electronics expands its foundry capacity with a new production line in Pyeongtaek, Korea ...

HPE reports Q2 results ...

Intersect360 Research invites your input in an all new survey ...

Applications

Scientists seeking therapies for deadly bacterial disease ...

2020 OLCF User Meeting will happen remote together ...

Summit supercomputer is mining for COVID-19 connections ...

A new method for unraveling complex gene interactions ...

ACM honours computing innovators for advances in research, education and industry ...

Discovery about the edge of fusion plasma could help realize fusion power ...

Superconductors with 'zeitgeist' - When materials differentiate between past and future ...

NIST team builds hybrid quantum system by entangling molecule with atom ...

BIOS IT partners with Panasas to deliver ActiveStor Ultra turnkey HPC storage appliances ...

Supercomputer model simulations reveal cause of Neanderthal extinction ...

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is supporting COVID-19 research ...

The Cloud

New technique separates industrial noise from natural seismic signals ...

Lyell Immunopharma goes all-in on AWS as its Cloud provider ...

WekaIO furthers Weka AI by integrating with deep learning pipeline management solution from Valohai ...

Waste energy of LUMI supercomputer produces 20 percent of the district heat of Kajaani


Picture from the construction site of the LUMI data centre in Renforsin Ranta in the city of Kajaani, Finland. Picture: Esa Heiskanen / CSC.
20 May 2020 Kajaani - Loiste Lämpö and CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd. have signed an agreement concerning the construction of a district heating connection for a data centre that will be built for the LUMI supercomputer and the utilization of waste heat the computer produces. According to the agreement, the data centre, which will start operating at the beginning of 2021, will collect the heat generated as a by-product of its operations, which Loiste Lämpö will then transfer to its network to heat homes and commercial premises in Kajaani.

The LUMI supercomputer is a joint effort of the European Union's EuroHPC Joint Undertaking and nine European countries, with investments totaling around 200 million euros. Half of the funding comes from the European Union and half from the participating countries. The construction of the data centre is also supported by the European Union's European Regional Development Fund and the Regional Council of Kainuu.

"The location of an eco-efficient data centre in Kajaani is the result of long-term negotiations between several partners. This is a significant climate act we are taking together with our customers and it will have a positive impact on the entire city's carbon footprint. In addition, the project will create jobs in the Kajaani region", stated Loiste Lämpö's CEO Heikki Juntunen.

Loiste Lämpö is currently developing a completely CO2-neutral district heating product. Consumer customers, companies and housing associations in Kajaani will next year have the opportunity to choose clean district heating produced with waste heat as their heating method.

"Reducing the carbon footprint is a globally critical target, to which the location of the EuroHPC machines have a huge impact, as supercomputers consume plenty of electricity. The advantages of Kajaani are the use of renewable energy and the possibility of hot water cooling, thanks to which the waste heat released from the data centre can be utilized in Kajaani's district heating network. CSC's data centre uses environmentally friendly electricity produced from renewable energy sources, which together with the utilization of waste heat reduces both the carbon footprint and the electricity bill", stated CSC's Managing Director Kimmo Koski.

The computing power of the LUMI supercomputer is needed to conduct cutting-edge research in a wide variety of data- and computation-intensive disciplines, such as materials science, fusion research, pharmaceutical research, and climate research. There are a number of significant research problems in these areas that cannot be addressed without significantly higher computational capacity than what is available at present.

"With this project, the premises of the Renforsin Ranta business park will be heated almost entirely by the waste heat generated by the data center. This will reduce the area's environmental impact significantly", stated Jaakko Kaijalainen, UPM Kiinteistöt, responsible for Renforsin Ranta business park.

"We have been actively applying for data centre operators in the area since the start of our operations. It is great to now witness the launch of the LUMI data centre and see all of its positive multiplier effects on the local community. Renforsin Ranta's strengths support the location of data centres in the area, and I believe that the LUMI data centre will have a positive effect on gaining other significant data centre customers in Kajaani", Jaakko Kaijalainen continued.

Most of the district heat supplied by Loiste Lämpö is produced in Kainuun Voima's (KAVO) cogeneration plant. Production is based on cogeneration of electricity and heat, where the energy content of the fuel is utilized very efficiently. In addition, district heating almost invariably generates fewer emissions than property-specific heat production. In 2019, renewable energy sources and slowly renewable peat accounted for 90-95 percent of Kajaani's district heating energy sources.
Source: Finnish IT Center for Science Ltd - CSC

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2020-05-25

Focus

InsideHPC's Rich Brueckner passes away at 58 ...

Only half of the EuroHPC countries confirmed they will participate in co-funding EuroHPC projects ...

Quantum computing

Atos and CSC empower the Finnish quantum research community with Atos Quantum Learning Machine ...

Quantum Hall effect 'reincarnated' in 3D topological materials ...

University of California Los Angeles physicists develop world's best quantum bits ...

Quantum leap: Photon discovery is a major step toward at-scale quantum technologies ...

Focus on Europe

HPC-AI Advisory Council and ISC Group continue Annual Student Cluster Competition as an online event ...

ELASTIC software architecture advances urban mobility in Florence ...

Middleware

Waste energy of LUMI supercomputer produces 20 percent of the district heat of Kajaani ...

Italy-based Do IT Systems becomes Bright Services Partner ...

Hardware

Microsoft claims to have built new supercomputer for OpenAI ...

New York University and IBM research takes electrons for a spin in moving toward more efficient, higher density data ...

GRC wins Phase I of AFWERX Programme ...

Samsung Electronics expands its foundry capacity with a new production line in Pyeongtaek, Korea ...

HPE reports Q2 results ...

Intersect360 Research invites your input in an all new survey ...

Applications

Scientists seeking therapies for deadly bacterial disease ...

2020 OLCF User Meeting will happen remote together ...

Summit supercomputer is mining for COVID-19 connections ...

A new method for unraveling complex gene interactions ...

ACM honours computing innovators for advances in research, education and industry ...

Discovery about the edge of fusion plasma could help realize fusion power ...

Superconductors with 'zeitgeist' - When materials differentiate between past and future ...

NIST team builds hybrid quantum system by entangling molecule with atom ...

BIOS IT partners with Panasas to deliver ActiveStor Ultra turnkey HPC storage appliances ...

Supercomputer model simulations reveal cause of Neanderthal extinction ...

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is supporting COVID-19 research ...

The Cloud

New technique separates industrial noise from natural seismic signals ...

Lyell Immunopharma goes all-in on AWS as its Cloud provider ...

WekaIO furthers Weka AI by integrating with deep learning pipeline management solution from Valohai ...