Tuesday, February 27, 2024

China has deployed its first 1,400-tonne commercial underwater data center

The 1,400-ton system is submerged 35 meters underwater and uses the sea to cool its processors. Although no specific details were given, the company says the module can process more than four million high-definition images in 30 seconds, equivalent to 60,000 traditional computers working simultaneously.

Highlander hopes to eventually deploy 100 of these modules on the site, which they say will save 68,000 square meters of land as well as 122 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and 105,000 tons of fresh water annually. .

China Central Television reported that the system was deployed on Friday as the first commercial underwater data center. However, Highlander previously stated that it had already deployed a commercial system in Hainan in April.

The first test of the Highlander submarine was announced in January 2021 in Guangdong Port, Zhuhai. In 2021, more tests will be carried out, and many regions of China have incorporated the idea into their five-year plans.

The commercial underwater data center was announced in early 2022 and will be built by COOEC in the waters near Lingshui Li Autonomous County, Hainan Province. Highlander has been designated as a “small giant” (a fast-growing and innovative company) by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

The company claims to have received orders from companies such as China Telecom and Hong Kong-based AI-based surveillance and software company SenseTime.

Before Highlander dived into this initiative, Microsoft was the first to test the concept of underwater data centers, submerging its first Project Natick data center off the US Pacific coast in 2015 and serving multiple workspaces in the Azure cloud from the ocean floor.

This test was followed by a two-year test in the Orkney Islands in Scotland, which ended in 2020, with Microsoft concluding that underwater data centers increase the reliability of IT hardware by protecting it from oxygen and accidental damage.

It doesn’t appear that Microsoft has made any further progress in its underwater efforts.

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