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-in-chief 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.