Daimler High Performance Computing moved to Lefdal Mine Datacenter

By Julian Buckley02 December 2021

Data hall Data hall at Lefdal Mine Datacenter. Photo courtesy of Lefdal

Infosys is to transfer Daimler’s High Performance Computing (HPC) workloads used in vehicle design and development of automated driving technologies to the Lefdal Mine Datacenter.

Located in Norway, the Lefdal Mine is described as ‘one of Europe’s greenest data centers’. The data center is housed in a mine adjacent to a cold-water fjord, a location which naturally has stable low temperatures ideal for effective cooling.

The location does not require evaporative cooling systems, which support a water usage effectiveness rating of zero. This system returns a PUE ranging from 1.10 to 1.15, depending on UPS configuration and scale of capacity.

Norway is becoming a leader in green data centers due to 100% of power generated in the country being from renewable sources, while transmission loss is minimal.

The shift to a green data center is described as an important milestone in Daimler delivering on its CO2 neutral sustainability mission ‘Ambition 2039’.

Infosys reports that data centers currently account for about 1% of total global energy usage, with demand expected to increase 60% over 2022. The high-performance workloads related to running complex algorithms and computer simulations are all energy intensive and ultimately contribute to a company’s carbon footprint.

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