Helmholtz Research Academy Hesse for FAIR

Green Computing

The computing of the future

All data from the FAIR system would be completely worthless if not evaluated, stored and interpreted.

Massive computer clusters are used for this, whereby these naturally have a massive power consumption. A large part of the power consumption is needed for cooling the computers. Here, scientists at the research academy took an innovative approach. In a cube-shaped building explicitly built to house the computers, a water circuit is used to cool the doors and walls of the computer cabinets. This saves a large part of the power consumption, since it is no longer necessary to cool individual computers, but rather the entire supercomputer in an environmentally (and financially) friendly manner.

Compared to a "normal" mainframe computer, more than 15,000 tons of CO2 are saved year after year.

Green Computing