Case Study: Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) Initiative
The Challenge: Consolidate research and high performance computing equipment from five universities in Massachusetts to a new high performance computing center in Holyoke, MA to increase operational efficiency, free up real estate, and achieve energy savings.
The Solution: Five universities with the support of the Commonwealth of MA, and Cisco and EMC are building a highly efficient and green high performance computing facility that will have the ability to support almost 700 server racks with approximately 10 Megawatts of IT load as the facility is built out over 10 years. The target PUE of MGHPCC will be 1.3-1.5. PUE, power usage effectiveness, is a measure of how efficiently a data center uses power.
This collaborative $168M project will redevelop a former mill site into a powerful data center for the five participating universities: Boston University, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts. The datacenter is expected to be online in early 2013.
- Estimate 0.5-0.7 MW saved by transferring equipment from 7 small data centers on the Harvard campus to the MGHPCC
- Greenhouse gas emissions reduction because electricity generation in Holyoke, MA is mostly hydropower
- Frees up power capacity on campus for future growth