Thor Data Center: Natural Resources
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Business Solutions for IT Managers: Scandinavian countries develop a carbon-neutral, shared-resource HPC data center using technologies from Intel and HP. Due to growing power consumption and soaring power costs, supercomputing costs are 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 that could be remotely shared. 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 5600 series. This innovative facility provides a new model for shared, energy cheap and energy-efficient HPC resources, potentially changing the future delivery of computing services.