Microsoft drops a clean energy datacentre into the North Sea

The data-center pod's payload consists of 12 racks of Microsoft servers and cooling systems.                Image Frank Betermin  Naval Group

Cooling the servers inside a modern data center is nearly as expensive as buying the equipment itself, and a networked sequence of underwater data centers could provide computing power to places around the world where environmental conditions make land-based data centers impractical.

Data centers have always been criticized by environmental groups for their egregious energy use across the globe. It's estimated that half of the world's population live within 120 miles of a coast, so off-shore data centres could lead to faster web browsing, streaming and a boost for AI-driven technologies.

French marine engineering company Naval Group designed and built the subsea data centre for Microsoft.

Now, the Project Natick team will monitor the data centre for the next five years. The experiment is part of Project Natick, which has been studying the concept for a number of years.

The sea offers a free and accessible resource for cooling which is one of the biggest costs for land-based data centres.

118K names missing from voter lists in LA county
The county's registrar-recorder's office says registered voters can cast provisional ballots in Tuesday's primary election. Along with the governor's race, Californians had been voting in primaries for each senators and quite a lot of U.S.

Microsoft's Project Natick aims to lessen the environmental impact of data centers by submerging them in coastal waters to keep them cool and provide coastal communities with better service. Microsoft says almost half the world's population lives within 150 km (120 miles) of the ocean.

Several years ago, Microsoft got the ball rolling on a very interesting project: undersea data centers. The energy centre is a test site for experimental tidal turbines and wave energy converters that generate electricity from the movement of seawater. To that end, it's now deployed a data center on the seafloor off the Orkney Islands in Scotland.

In phase two, which kicks off today, the company has fit 864 servers on 12 racks in a sealed submersible that's about the size of a standard 40-foot-long shipping container; it's created to function for five years without requiring any maintenance.

"Like any new auto, we kick the tires and run the engine in different speeds to make sure everything works well", said Spencer Flowers, who is a senior member of technical staff for Microsoft's special projects.

If Project Natick proves to be a success, the deployment times of data center could be cut short from two years to 90 days which will help in making the servers go live real quick.

Related News:



Most liked

Texas man bitten by severed rattlesnake head
A diamondback rattlesnake - not this one - injected a Texas man with a risky dose of venom even though it had been decapitated. The kidney function of the man was severely affected by the snake bite due to the shock.

Lowest price ever for Echo Show at Amazon
The big picture: Amazon's long-rumored Fire TV Cube marries two established product lines into a cube-shaped form factor. Getting people to use Alexa keeps them tied to Amazon's services and ultimately buying more from the online retailer.

Kate Spade's husband emerges in freakish mouse mask
My daughter and I are devastated by her loss, and can't even begin to fathom life without her. Law enforcement confirms she was found at 10:20 AM ET and had hanged herself.

Draymond Green doesn't sound too keen on LeBron James joining Warriors
CLEVELAND , Ohio - On a night when most of the Golden State Warriors didn't have it, Kevin Durant went on an offensive explosion. Chris Bosh believes LeBron James will turn the Houston Rockets into the NBA's next superteam this offseason.

NASA's Curiosity rover discovers organic matter on Mars
Key details about the organics may have been obscured in Curiosity's sample because the rover can only drill two inches into rock. One of NASA's aims with the Curiosity Rover is to search for signs of ancient life on the red planet.

'Kaala' records lowest ever opening for Rajinikanth film
The Chamber stated that Rajinikanth's statement on the Cauvery issue reportedly hurt the sentiments of Kannadigas. Don't be surprised if you find Aamir Khan sitting next to you in one of the theatres.

Justice Department Offers Lawmakers Another Briefing on Confidential Informant
But in a release, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr said the committee is cooperating with the department. The department originally denied Congress access to any of the documents, citing national security concerns.

Liverpool agree £57m fee for Nabil Fekir
Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid are also reportedly interested in the French global - but Liverpool are now in the driving seat. And the Mirror now say the Reds are confident the 24-year-old will be confirmed as a Liverpool player before the weekend.

Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins Lets Signs Do His Talking On Racial Injustices
Pederson said he didn't have to address the issue with the team. "We weren't going to let someone try and formulate an agenda". Trump had written on Twitter , "Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team". "We're united.

Putin: Trump and I 'regularly talk over the phone'
Asked by a young blogger whether the government had plans to shut down Instagram and YouTube, Putin insisted that it does not. Putin, 65, and his aides say it is an indispensable tool to gauge public sentiment and learn about people's real problems.

Val Kilmer reuniting with Tom Cruise for ‘Top Gun 2’
As automation and technology have advanced, pilots are becoming a thing of the past as unmanned drones are the hope of the future. With Kenny Loggins on board for a new version of " Danger Zone ", this movie just keeps getting better.

Trump takes more shots at Trudeau via Twitter
The United States trade representative office told the Washington Post that the USA actually has a trade surplus with Canada. Canada's Trudeau also slammed the tariffs after they were announced , calling them " totally unacceptable ".

AMD and Intel bringing 20+ cores to workstation CPUs
AMD will apply the same Zen+ tweaks to the processors; including memory latency optimizations and higher clock speeds. AMD's Threadripper series with 12 cores starts at around $760, and goes up to nearly $1,000 for a 16-core model.

Supreme Court refuses to stay release of Rajinikanth-starrer ‘Kaala’
The controversies surrounding Rajinikanth's Kaala and whether it will release in Karnataka or not has hyped up the film. We don't want to interfere with its release, the apex court said while refusing to stay the release of the movie.

Multiple injuries in bus crash south of Ottawa on Hwy 401
The accident occurred when a tourist bus carrying 35 Chinese people from the United States crashed on the 401 highway. "The only thing we know is there are injuries", said Acting Sergeant Tina Hunt of the Ontario Provincial Police.