Sun Modular Datacenter To Power GreenLight Project
By staceyinfantino on Jul 28, 2008
The National Science Foundation (NSF) will provide $2 million over three years to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) to fund its GreenLight project. The GreenLight project will connect scientists and their labs to more energy-efficient 'green' computer processing and storage systems using photonics - light over optical fiber.
The NSF infrastructure grant allows UCSD to purchase two Sun Modular Datacenter S20s (Sun MD), one which has already been installed and the second in the third year of the GreenLight project.
The Sun Modular Datacenter currently deployed on the UC San Diego campus will be instrumented for the GreenLight project - offering full-scale processing and storage in order to test how to make computing more energy-efficient. As a modular technology, Sun MD makes it easy for customers to quickly start up new projects like this one or easily scale their datacenter to efficiently take on new work.
The Sun Modular Datacenter is the epitome of 'energy-efficiency'.
Accommodating up to 280 servers with its eco-friendly design, Sun MD can reduce cooling costs by up to 40 percent.
Eliminating the need for air-conditioning , Sun MD's closed-loop water-cooling system uses built-in heat exchanges between equipment racks to channel air flow - allowing the unit to cool 25 kilowatts per rack which is approximately five times the cooling capacity of typical datacenters.
The industry-standard racks can also be placed close together, reducing the overall eco-footprint of the structure and increasing energy efficiency by the elimination of dead space.
To learn more about Sun Modular Datacenter S20, visit: www.sun.com/sunmd.