The Data Center at the South Pole

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What’s it like to operate a data center at the South Pole? The Ice Cube Neutrino Observatory maintains a small data center in Antarctica, where it harvests neutrinos for scientific research. The dense ice at the South Pole makes the neutrinos easier to detect and collect. But it’s not a favorable environment for maintaining a data center. At OSCON, software consultant John Jacobsen discussed the Ice Cube project, operating a data warehouse in a remote location that’s inaccessible for months at a time, and the challenges of operating a 150 server data center at the southernmost place on earth. One irony: A warm day at the South Pole is 20 below zero, and the Ice Cube data center still faces cooling problems. NOTE: may load slowly, also currently featured on Slashdot. This video runs about 9 minutes, 45 seconds.

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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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