Inside the National Petascale Computing Facility

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What kind of facility would you design to house one of the the most powerful supercomputers in existence? What would an ideal data center for such a machine look like if you designed it from the ground up? A team of supercomputing and data center specialists had 18 months to design and built the National Petascale Computing Facility (NPCF) at the University of Illinois, which will house the Blue Waters supercomputer. DCK contributor John Rath provides a look inside the NPCF and its features. Check out our photo feature.

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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.

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