The Death Star of Data Centers

Information Week looks at LucasFilm’s $350 million technology center, which it describes as a “development epicenter for movies, special effects, and digital gaming.” The facilities at the Skywalker Ranch involve some heavy duty hardware and bandwidth:

Industrial Light & Magic’s new office space claims to have the largest state-of-the-art high-performance data center in the industry, with 600 miles of cable that connect visual-effects artists’ desktops via a 1-Gbit network to a 10-Gbit backbone network linked to the data center, 10 times more bandwidth than the former offices. At the former studio in San Rafael, Calif., artists had 100 Mbps to the desktop and 1-Gbit backbone. A new 13,500-square-foot data center will manage Industrial Light & Magic’s digital images around the clock, using more than 3,500 high-end Advanced Micro Devices Inc. computer processors.

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.