June 17, 2019 — Two experiments — Alice and LHCb — will install 10 of Automation’s SAFE Prefabricated Datacenter Modules to extend their datacenters. The modules are located on top of the experiments, allowing for significant savings on data transfer costs.
Upgrading the datacenters of Alice and LHCb using SAFE Prefabricated Datacenter Modules has been a strategic choice, increasing computing and storage capacity to accommodate growing needs over the next decade. It goes without saying CERN requires high performance solutions for their experiments, and SAFE Prefabricated Datacenter Modules show have configurations that are optimized for power, density and energy efficiency.
As of 2021, the ALICE O2 facility will be a high-throughput computing system including heterogeneous computing platforms and disk storage systems. It will consist of 4 SAFE modules for HPC, of which 2 are already installed.
The upgraded LHCb experiment, scheduled to start collecting data in 2020, will collect data at higher luminosity compared to the present running conditions and with a significantly increased selection efficiency. Currently, 4 of the 6 SAFE modules for HPC have been delivered. 2 SAFE Prefabricated Datacenters are operational.
During his presentation (Monday 17 June 2019 at 16:40 in Hall 3 – booth N210) Rainer Schwemmer – Applied Physicist and Data Acquisition Engineer of LHCb, will present the first results and lessons learned from the nearly 6 months of construction and operation.
Meanwhile, Automation is executing on its regional expansion strategy delivering the first SAFE Prefabricated Datacenter to Mannai in Qatar.
On March 12, the Uptime Institute awarded this SAFE MUP AiO 200 kW DX DRUPS design with the TIER III Ready designation. After rigorous review, it has satisfactorily proven itself ready to support concurrent maintainability. More information is available at this link.
Automation Datacenter Facilities has also entered the ‘Alliance Partnership Program,’ becoming a preferred contact for customers who want to obtain the TCCF Certification once delivery of the TIER III READY Datacenter is complete.
“Our ambitions remain high. Besides the realizations in the Middle East, we focus on the European market to support companies and organisations in the development of their datacenters with our SAFE’s. The initiative of the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC) to install new supercomputers in 8 selected EU-countries would be a perfect match with our SAFE for HPC-solution delivering energy efficient datacenter
facilities for high density compute and storage,” stated Jurgen Caeyman, CCO at Automation.