New data centre Amsterdam Science Park for SURFsara supercomputers is completed
7 Jul 2016 Amsterdam - The new data centre of SURFsara on the Amsterdam Science Park is delivered on schedule on 1 July by the builder and developer Telecity Group. SURFsara will rent 2 floors in the 72-meter-high building for the national high-performance-computing (HPC) infrastructure.
With the new HPC data centre SURFsara can respond quickly, it is sustainable and cost-effective to the growing need of researchers of universities and industry. The state-of-the-art data centre meets the durability requirements of SURFsara and the city of Amsterdam. The data centre uses 100% of green energy. Cooling heat is discharged into aquifers, where the heat is stored for use in winter.
Some numbers include the following:
- More than 100 km of cables
- 20 petabyte online storage
- 27 petabyte tape storage
- 6000 network gates
- 2000 compute and storage devices
- 210 racks
- A power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1,22
Between July and November, SURFsara moves all of its equipment to the new location. SURFsara moved already one of the racks of the national supercomputer Cartesius with success. This in order to test the connections for electricity and water cooling.