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BMW Moves High-Performance Computing to Renewable-Powered Data Center

October 11, 2012 By Jessica Lyons Hardcastle

BMW expects to cut the cost of powering its high-performance computing as much as 82 percent by moving some of these applications to Verne Global’s 100 percent, dual-sourced renewable-powered data center campus in Iceland.

According to the UK-based data center developer, the deal will see BMW move a number of its power-hungry applications, including crash simulations, aerodynamic calculations and computer aided design and engineering, to the Verne Global facility.

High-performance computing is traditionally associated with high power consumption and carbon emissions because of the need to both power and cool the high-density servers required to run these applications. By moving 10 of its high-performance computing clusters (consuming 6.31 GWh annually) from its German facilities to Iceland’s zero-emission data center, BMW will reduce annual carbon emissions by 3,570 metric tons, Verne Global says.

BMW made the Carbon Disclosure Project’s 2012 top five list of the world’s best companies in terms of climate change disclosure and performance, Environmental Leader reported.

In other recent efforts to make data centers more energy efficient, Intel has partnered with South Korean telecom company KT Corporation to develop energy-efficient technology to reduce power consumption at data centers. The new system, if applied to every KT-owned center, would save 8.6 billion won ($7.6 million) annually. Implementing the new system in every data center in South Korea would save up to 44.8 billion won ($39.6 million).

Intel has also tested Green Revolution Cooling’s oil-based coolant for server storage, and last month, the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory selected Hewlett Packard and Intel to provide what it says will be the world’s most energy efficient data center.


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