Automotive moves high performance computing applications to Iceland to benefit from
100% renewable, affordable data centre power
KEFLAVIK, Iceland – October 10, 2012 – Verne Global, an innovative, UK-based developer of power conscious data centre campuses, today announced that BMW Group, one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the world, is moving some of its high performance computing (HPC) applications to Verne Global’s 100 percent, dual sourced renewable powered data centre campus in Iceland. The deal will see BMW move a number of power-hungry applications to the Verne Global facility, including crash simulations, aerodynamic calculations and computer aided design and engineering (CAD/CAE), all of which are critical to the development of BMW’s next generation of energy efficient vehicles.
HPC is traditionally associated with high power consumption and carbon emissions, due to the need to both power and cool the high density servers required to run these applications. By moving ten of its HPC clusters (consuming 6.31 GW-h annually) from its German facilities to Iceland’s zero emission data centre, BMW will reduce annual carbon emissions by 3,570 metric tons; the equivalent of the carbon produced by burning 1.46 million litres of petrol*. The move will also enable BMW to reduce the cost of powering its HPC applications by as much as 82 percent.
Verne Global enables BMW to substantially lower the cost, and improve the reliability of its HPC operations while strengthening the company’s commitment to environmental initiatives. Taking advantage of Verne Global’s state-of-the-art and highly scalable campus together with its predictably-priced power, the external hosting of BMW’s HPC infrastructure is affordable, reliable and sustainable.
“Companies are facing a mounting challenge to keep both their data centre power costs and carbon emissions in check,” said Jeff Monroe, CEO of Verne Global. “Particularly those involving power intensive computing such as HPC. By moving its applications to Verne Global, BMW is showing there are alternatives available today that address the unpredictable and fluctuating power prices found throughout the world and simultaneously reduce their carbon footprint in a very meaningful way.”
About Verne Global
Verne Global is developing the data centre industry’s first carbon neutral data centre campus. Verne’s mission is to develop data centres in optimised geographic areas that offer companies the best total cost of ownership and 100% renewable power without a price premium. Currently in the first stage of development, Verne Global is constructing a 44 acre campus on the former NATO Command Centre in Keflavik, Iceland. With Iceland’s favourable natural attributes and renewable energy resources, Verne Global can save customers as much as $100 million in ten years on energy costs alone. For more information, please visit http://verneglobal.com
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