9 Data Centers: Unexpected Beauty And Creativity

, October 04, 2012 Most data centers are boring boxes--but not all. Take a look at a data center that houses a supercomputer in a chapel, or an underground data center with James Bond-styling, or a solar-powered data center, and much, much more.
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From Particle Accelerator To Data Center

On the University Lavel campus in Quebec City, Canada, the Calcul Quebec (Compute Quebec) research consortium has converted a building that once housed a Van de Graaf particle accelerator into a multi-level data center. There are three floors of computing hardware, with server cabinets set in outward-facing circles sitting on grated floors that allow cool air to flow through into a hot core at the center for venting. The building was built in 1965 and served as a research center for nuclear physics and, developers say, required only minor modifications to turn into a data center. Some of the heat generated by the data center is used to warm buildings on the campus. Image courtesy of Calcul Quebec.


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