The Real “Death Star” Data Center

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Isabel Wang has a pointer to a C/Net story about LucasFilms’ data center in San Francisco. It’s a 13,500-square-foot facility that includes a “render farm” – a cluster of computers that work around the clock to process synthetic images – as well as file servers. All told, the center contains more than 3,000 AMD processors. The C/Net story is accompanied by a slide show with photos.

As Isabel notes, the real kicker is the connectivity. The LucasFilm network features 300 10 gigabit Ethernet ports and 1,500 1-gig ports. Every digital artist within the company has a desktop with gigabit connectivity. After all, it takes a boatload of bandwidth to destroy Alderaan or make the Kessel run in 12 parsecs.

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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.