Computers are the engines that drive the discoveries that truly impact all of our lives. The massive compute power they provide allows leading research institutions in government, academia, and industry to run the simulations and analytics that are behind the most amazing advances in science and technology.
Today, super computers are fundamentally changing the way we gather, quantify and process information. The speed of technological development allows us to conduct research faster than ever before – and make life-saving decisions. Predicting earthquakes – even if just a few seconds – can be absolutely critical. Also, consider this – the amount of data we’re working with has increased dramatically. The sheer number of data sets currently traversing the modern data center is enough to make anyone’s head spin. Governments and massive organizations are investing billions of dollars into high performance computing.
Still, with the ever-increasing demand on IT resources, data center infrastructure must continue to evolve to keep pace with the needs of users.
Many companies, especially those in the Oil and Gas Industry, need high-density deployments of high performance compute (HPC) environments to manage and analyze the extreme levels of computing involved with seismic processing. In this whitepaper from CyrusOne, we learn about their Houston West campus which has the largest known concentration of HPC and high-density data center space in the colocation market today.
The data center buildings at this campus are collectively known as the largest data center campus for seismic exploration computing in the oil and gas industry.
By continuing to apply its Massively Modular design and build approach and high-density compute expertise, CyrusOne serves the growing number of oil and gas customers, as well as other customers, who are demanding best-in-class, mission-critical, HPC infrastructure.
Consider this, rack configuration affects the ability to power, cool, and control the servers in the rack. Air flow, air leakage, power redundancy, power distribution, and cable management all contribute to the solutions needed to successfully run highly dense computing environments. This is why the CyrusOne Houston West data center campus has become the preferred data center destination for the Energy Sector’s high (and ultra-high) density deployments of high performance compute equipment. This server equipment is used primarily for the processing of seismic data collected from around the world.
Furthermore, liquid-cooled racks, as used in this data center, embody the concept of “closely coupled” cooling where the cooling mechanism is in close proximity to the servers to be cooled and is aware of the specific requirements of the target servers. Liquid-cooled racks are ideal for high density heat loads.
Download this whitepaper today to learn how, in the future, power consumption will continue to increase since more transistors and higher clock speeds result in more power consumption. This increased power consumption will, in turn, lead to greater production of heat. Current industry projections forecast power consumption increases by 2X every four years. Therefore, the demand for HPC to be handled in data centers designed specifically for high density deployments will continue to grow. If your company is looking to deploy an HPC solution – make sure to work with a data center which can provide the right types of resources.