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Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of Sept. 15

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The Kraken supercomputer housed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, with its cabinets adorned with a striking illustration of a colossal squid, is currently ranked 21st in the Top 500 machines. (Photo: Rich Miller)

For your weekend reading, here’s a recap of five noteworthy stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this past week. Enjoy!

Oak Ridge: The Frontier of Supercomputing – The Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility is on the frontier of supercomputing, forging a path toward “exascale” computing. The data center houses three of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, including a machine that looms as the once and future king of the supercomputing realm. DCK recently had a look inside the Oak Ridge data center.

Go Daddy: Network Issues, Not Hackers or DDoS, Caused Outage - Go Daddy says this week’s service outage, which caused extensive downtime for customers, was caused by corrupted data in router tables, rather than an external attack or hack. Routing tables a database of information about network destinations.

Loudoun: 5 Million Square Feet of Data Centers, More to Come – There is nearly 5 million square feet of data center space in about 40 facilities in “Data Center Alley” in Ashburn, Virginia, according to Buddy Rizer, Assistant Director for Economic Development in Loudoun County. ”This industry has helped drive one of America’s great economic development success stories,” said Rizer.

Intel Outlines Low-Power Processor Roadmap at IDF 2012 – Chipmaker Intel this week laid out broad strategies to power everything from the largest data center to the smallest device. At the 2012 Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, the company updated its road map for the processor market, including brawny cores, wimpy cores and processor developments or high performance computing (HPC).

With an Eye on the Street, Equinix to Become a REIT – Equinix plans to convert to a real estate investment trust (REIT), a move that may make the company’s shares even more attractive to investors, the company said today. The colocation provider says the conversion will have no impact on its data centers or services, but will allow the company to pay distributions to shareholders.

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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.