National High Performance Computing (HPC) organisations of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland have pooled resources and powered up an innovative joint supercomputer hosted by Thor Advania Data Center in Iceland. Locating the computer close to the green energy source introduces substantial savings according to NHPC's press release.
The location of this Nordic Supercomputer in Iceland confirms both the reliability and low latency of the connections between Iceland and Europe according to Einar Hansen Tómasson, project manager at Invest in Iceland. "It is also a vote of confidence in the Icelandic Data Center industry and its ability to run such a strategically important project," says Tómasson.
The computer is part of a pilot initiative by NHPC aiming to test remote hosting. Further aims are to understand the political, organizational and technical aspects of joint ownership, administration and operation of such expensive and strategic infrastructure.
Due to growing power consumption, supercomputing costs are an increasing economic burden for researchers and their universities. Iceland is an attractive location, with powerful natural resources providing very low-cost electricity and cost-efficient cooling solutions. A conference was held on April 16th at the Nordic house in Reykjavik, followed by an inauguration at Advania Thor Data center in Hafnarfjordur.