Supercomputing goes green in Britain

High-performance supercomputers, like those used to house a company’s data center, generate massive amounts of heat that must be diffused via methods that have conventionally been both expensive and environmentally unfriendly. In an effort to combat these drawbacks, the University of Leicester in Britain has partnered with Hewlett Packard to develop a green supercomputer. The university’s new Alice (Advance Leicester Information and Computational Environment) supercomputer is 10 times more powerful than its predecessor, yet it uses significantly less energy and generates much less carbon dioxide emissions—the result of an advanced water-cooling system.

With the new system in operation, the university expects to see a savings of £130,000 in energy expenses annually while decreasing carbon emissions by 800 tons over the same time frame. The supercomputer is projected to help the University of Leicester’s computing facility to become the most energy efficient in the sector.