Lefdal mine data center to host HPC for Daimler

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The Lefdal mine data center will house Daimler’s high performance computing (HPC) workloads, which the auto giant uses to design vehicles and automated driving technologies.

Known as one of the greenest data centers in Europe, Lefdal Mine Datacenter is located in Måløy, Norway, and is owned by Columbia Threadneedle Investments and Rittal.

Proving companies’ demand to use sustainable ICTs, Daimler said the move would help it fulfill its’ Ambition 2039 ‘sustainability mission, which will allow it to become CO2 neutral by 2039.

Jørn Skaane, CEO of Lefdal Mine Datacenter AS, said: “We have built and operated a sustainable, secure and profitable leading data center – the Norwegian solution. With short-term renewable energy and the cooling of the nearby fjord, sustainability is at the heart of our mission and values. Our ambition is to be the greenest data center in the world, with the ability to deliver tailored and scalable data center solutions.

“We are inspired to have been chosen to host Daimler HPC workloads and will help Daimler become CO2 neutral. “

The Lefdal facility is located in a mine next to a fjord, which means low and stable temperature for efficient cooling. Coupled with Norway’s renewable energy supply, this reduces Lefdal’s energy and water demands, meaning it can provide a prime location for HPC environments without the associated environmental impact.

Earlier this month, it was confirmed that Lefdal will also host the national supercomputers and storage systems of Sigma2, which operates an electronic infrastructure for research and higher education in Norway.

Supporting Daimler in its new data center, Infosys will provide its Data Center as a Service (DCaaS) suite, which is part of the Infosys Cobalt portfolio. This means that Infosys will manage the entire IT infrastructure while Lefdal Mine Datacenter will provide the installation.

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