The facility is due to house some of the UK’s most advanced supercomputer systems and is being constructed as part of a significant £210m investment into the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Hartree National Centre for Digital Innovation.
The finished facility will support the Hartree Centre in continuing to deliver high performance computing, machine learning and artificial intelligence services, as well as paving the way to realise their ambitions for the deployment of the UK’s first exascale supercomputer alongside their already world leading research into quantum computing.
By utilising the latest in liquid cooling technology, the facility can accommodate systems with a much higher heat flux than that which traditional air cooling would be limited to, and is able to do so with greater control over the operational semiconductor temperatures, allowing both high levels of efficiency, and very high performance to be realised.
Power to the facility will be provided via a new private HV network, incorporating highly resilient standby power systems, within final supplies to the critical IT systems protected by high efficiency redundant UPS systems. To further ensure efficiency and performance can be optimised throughout the life of the facility, the state-of-the-art engineering systems have each been designed with a high degree of controllability to ensure that ongoing operation can continue to be optimised and improved by the highly qualified and experienced Client Operational Team, with support as required from Sudlows Facilities Management and Design Teams.
Zac Potts, Head of Sustainability and Innovation at Sudlows commented;