[Beowulf] In appropriate post (was "In the news again HPC in Iceland")

Vincent Diepeveen diep at xs4all.nl
Fri Sep 21 08:16:42 PDT 2012


you post something about HPC in iceleand, but we all know that's a lie.
That's what i wrote.

On Sep 21, 2012, at 4:50 PM, Prentice Bisbal wrote:

> Vincent,
>
> The beowulf mailing list is for discussing matters related Linux  
> beowulf
> clusters, and HPC in general. In practice, this list has always  
> allowed
> a lot of leeway and discussions often veer of tangentially into the
> science, technology, and the business/politics surrounding HPC.
>
> Even with the large amount of leeway observed on this list, your post
> below is inappropriate. After reading it several times, your post
> appears to contain nothing more than a political attack on Germany. I
> can find nothing in your post related to Linux clusters, HPC,  
> science or
> technology.
>
> There are plenty of forums on the Internet for discussing politics.  
> This
> is not one of them. Please post your political attacks elsewhere.
>
> --
> Prentice
>
>
> On 09/21/2012 10:21 AM, Vincent Diepeveen wrote:
>> Typical German marketing.
>>
>> Say A, do B.
>>
>> Knowing how German industry works, they probably will deploy one
>> computer there when they sell a few more BMW's in Iceland.
>> In the meantime their top secret crunching runs on browncoals in
>> Germany of course.
>>
>> A lot cheaper than 4.3 cents a kilowatt hour browncoals are.
>>
>> An article today in the newspaper suggested German Minister Altmaier
>> announced more or less he wants to quit solar panel
>> subsidies, and for now announces to dramatically lower it,
>> which of course in combination with getting rid of nuclear reactors
>> means they're gonna burn even more coals in Germany,
>> as *somewhere* they need this huge amount of energy for their
>> industry. We're speaking about a 50000 megawatt or so.
>>
>> Usually they calculate with householeds and ignore the 90-95% of
>> energy that companies and especially industry consumes...
>>
>> Germany is world champion in saying A and doing B.
>>
>> On Sep 21, 2012, at 3:52 PM, Prentice Bisbal wrote:
>>
>>> Another news article about datacenters and HPC in Iceland.
>>> --
>>> Prentice
>>>
>>> http://www.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/2012-09-20/
>>> bmw_finds_cool_locale_for_hpc_cluster.html
>>> September 20, 2012
>>>
>>> BMW Finds Cool Locale for HPC Cluster
>>> Robert Gelber
>>>
>>> Automaker BMW is getting ready to deploy an HPC cluster to run
>>> simulations for designing it next-generation ultimate driving
>>> machines. As with any supercomputing installation, this one is
>>> bound to consume plenty of energy, which translates to high
>>> operational expenses. So the car company decided to search for an
>>> efficient and environmentally friendly plan to manage their system.
>>> They settled on locating the machine at Verne Global’s Ásbrú
>>> datacenter in Iceland.
>>>
>>> September 20, 2012
>>> BMW Finds Cool Locale for HPC Cluster
>>>
>>> Robert Gelber
>>>
>>> Automaker BMW is getting ready to deploy an HPC cluster to run
>>> simulations for designing it next-generation ultimate driving
>>> machines. As with any supercomputing installation, this one is
>>> bound to consume plenty of energy, which translates to high
>>> operational expenses. So the car company decided to search for an
>>> efficient and environmentally friendly plan to manage their system.
>>> They settled on locating the machine at Verne Global’s Ásbrú
>>> datacenter in Iceland.
>>>
>>> The country has become an interesting option for datacenter users
>>> because of its perpetually cool climate and cheap energy.
>>> Electricity in the island nation costs roughly 4.3 cents per
>>> kilowatt-hour, thanks to an abundance of renewable energy sources.
>>> The country generates most of its electricity from glacier-fed
>>> rivers and geothermal vents. Given these resources, it’s no
>>> surprise that Verne Global decided to setup their large scale
>>> computing facility at an abandoned NATO Air Force base located in
>>> the city of Keflavík.
>>>
>>> Data Center Knowledge reported that Mario Mueller, BMW’s vice
>>> president of IT infrastructure and chair at the Open Data Center
>>> Alliance (ODCA), brought up the company’s plans at this year’s
>>> Intel Developer Forum. The car company will be Verne Global’s fifth
>>> customer after CCP Games, Datapipe, Opin Kerfi and GreenQloud.  It
>>> will also follow ODCA usage models to guide the cluster’s build.
>>>
>>> This is certainly not the first time a company or organization has
>>> considered alternative approaches to providing energy and cooling
>>> to a large computing installation. Apple is utilizing solar panels
>>> and methane gas from a local landfill to generate electricity for
>>> their iCloud datacenter. The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC)
>>> deployed a top 10 cluster in an oil submersion cooling system and
>>> Facebook built one of the world’s most efficient datacenters in
>>> Prineville Oregon using designs from the Open Compute Project.The
>>> country has become an interesting option for datacenter users
>>> because of its perpetually cool climate and cheap energy.
>>> Electricity in the island nation costs roughly 4.3 cents per
>>> kilowatt-hour, thanks to an abundance of renewable energy sources.
>>> The country generates most of its electricity from glacier-fed
>>> rivers and geothermal vents. Given these resources, it’s no
>>> surprise that Verne Global decided to setup their large scale
>>> computing facility at an abandoned NATO Air Force base located in
>>> the city of Keflavík.
>>>
>>> Data Center Knowledge reported that Mario Mueller, BMW’s vice
>>> president of IT infrastructure and chair at the Open Data Center
>>> Alliance (ODCA), brought up the company’s plans at this year’s
>>> Intel Developer Forum. The car company will be Verne Global’s fifth
>>> customer after CCP Games, Datapipe, Opin Kerfi and GreenQloud.  It
>>> will also follow ODCA usage models to guide the cluster’s build.
>>>
>>> This is certainly not the first time a company or organization has
>>> considered alternative approaches to providing energy and cooling
>>> to a large computing installation. Apple is utilizing solar panels
>>> and methane gas from a local landfill to generate electricity for
>>> their iCloud datacenter. The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC)
>>> deployed a top 10 cluster in an oil submersion cooling system and
>>> Facebook built one of the world’s most efficient datacenters in
>>> Prineville Oregon using designs from the Open Compute Project.
>>>
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