US facility to address HPC colocation needs

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Data Foundry’s Texas 1 next-generation data centre, opening June 2011, will fully support high-performance computing (HPC), the company has announced. The unique requirements of HPC systems have often led companies to build their own facilities rather than outsourcing to a colocation provider, however these in-house facilities represent long-term capital deployments that can be out of sync with the much shorter lifetimes of HPC servers.

Designed for HPC users across a range of industries including oil and gas, the chilled water plant design within the Texas 1 infrastructure allows HPC cooling to be separated from traditional room airflow so that water-cooled cabinets can reach power density demand of 50kW per cabinet and will accommodate higher limits in the future. ‘Texas 1 supports high floor loads, private suites starting at 2,500 SF and flexible configurations including chimney cabinets, hot or cold aisle containment, and customised liquid cooling solutions,’ explained Edward Henigin, chief technology officer of Data Foundry.

As part of a 40-acre, 100 megawatt data centre development named the Data Ranch, Texas 1 will be the first data centre in the central Texas region designed from the ground up to support HPC requirements.