Monday, October 28, 2013

The "water-based data center" by Google

A mystery structure being built on a huge vessel in the middle of San Francisco Bay that Google is turning its idea of a floating data center into a reality.

While Google did not confirm the development, CNET reports it has evidence suggesting the 'secret project' could be a Google sea-faring data center.

Google patented a 'water-based data center' in 2009, describing an environmentally friendly, sea-powered telecommunications and storage system:

"A system includes a floating platform-mounted computer data center comprising a plurality of computing units, a sea-based electrical generator in electrical connection with the plurality of computing units, and one or more sea-water cooling units for providing cooling to the plurality of computing units"

While it is hard to say for sure that the structure is in fact a floating data center at the moment, Google, the technology giant, has a history of putting data centers in places with cheap cooling, as well as undertaking odd and unexpected projects like trying to bring Internet access to developing nations via balloons and blimps.


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Datacom Equipment Power Trends and Cooling Applications

(a) load trends and their applications
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Design Consideration

(a) design criteria and HVAC load
(b) computer room cooling and air distribution
(c) liquid cooling
(d) availability and redundancy
(e) integration with other MEP system
(f) controls and computer fluid dynamics

Testing and Commissioning

(a) air cleanliness test, heat load test
(b) factory acceptance test and site acceptance test
(c) integrated performance test (IST)

Sustainable Design

(a) combined heat power plant (CHP)
(b) solar, geothermal and evaporative cooling method
(c) air side economizers
(d) desiccant unit

Energy Efficiency

(a) power usage effectiveness (PUE)
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(c) water side and air side equipment
(d) part load operation
(e) controls and energy management
(f) LEED certified data center
(g) building energy code


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