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Luleå, Sweden   (Source:
Facebook's farm will take advantage of the climate to cool its servers

Server farms produce quite a bit of heat, and require cooling in order to prevent overheating. So what better place to put a server farm than the edge of the Arctic Circle?

Facebook has announced that it plans to build a server farm in Luleå, northern Sweden, which is at the northern tip of the Baltic Sea and 62 miles South of the Arctic Circle.

The farm, which will consist of three server halls that will cover an area as large as 11 football fields, will take advantage of the climate to cool the servers. In other words, the farm will only use air to cool the servers.

According to Mats Engman, chief executive of the Aurorum Science Park, which is working to lure other computing companies to the area for its cool temperatures, the climate in this area is 2C, or 35.6F, on average. It hasn't reached above 30C, or 86F, for more than one day since 1961.

While air can be used to cool the servers, the servers will still need 120MW of power to stay running. But this power requirement will be provided by renewable electricity generated by Luleå river dams.

"The Luleå river produces twice as much electricity as the Hoover Dam does, so 50 percent is exported from our region," said Engman. "There is a surplus of energy, and we can supply more data centers in this area easily."

Facebook is expected to provide more details concerning the Arctic venture in a press conference in Luleå today. This is Facebook's first server farm to be located outside of the United States.

Source: The Telegraph

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RE: Connections
By JediJeb on 10/27/2011 1:59:03 PM , Rating: 5
Wouldn't surprise me if Sweden already has T3 service to everyone up that far, since everybody except the US already has great internet connections. ;)

RE: Connections
By mfenn on 10/27/2011 2:10:44 PM , Rating: 3
T3 is a pathetically small amount of bandwidth for a modern data center.

RE: Connections
By FITCamaro on 10/27/2011 3:02:47 PM , Rating: 1
Really? Australia? Britain? Cananda? Most of Europe.

Connections are insanely expensive and just as "slow" if not slower in many areas of the world as the US. I'm pretty happy with my ability to get 50 Mbps up/down in "backwards" South Carolina.

Here at work we have the same internet company I have at home and have their fastest service and the fastest downloads I've seen are around 10 MB/s.

RE: Connections
By UnauthorisedAccess on 10/27/2011 6:49:32 PM , Rating: 2
+1 for Australia, as we're still behind the world in our cities, though out in the country things are really bad.

In really rural locations an Internet connection is non-existant, except over satalite. Though the problem is the NBN, lack of funding or the government - it's the vast distances and extremely sparse population.

RE: Connections
By Paj on 10/28/2011 7:48:45 AM , Rating: 3
Definitely not in the UK - you can get 50Mb for £25/month these days. Most companies offer up to 10Mb for under £10/month. Prices are similar in western Europe.

Of course, the UK (and most of the countries in Europe) are pretty small, which makes infrastructure rollout much easier.
I think the US suffers from the same problem as Australia - vast distances and many remote locations, placing burdens on infrastructure.

RE: Connections
By FITCamaro on 10/28/2011 8:29:27 AM , Rating: 2
Yup. Too many Europeans don't understand we have states larger than their countries. So rolling out things takes time. Metro areas have pretty good services. But doing things nationwide is a far larger endeavor.

50Mb isn't bad for around $50USD.

RE: Connections
By theArchMichael on 10/28/2011 11:09:22 AM , Rating: 4
Yeah but it's a racket here...
The government subsidizes deployment of the internet lines to rural areas. But then when consumers ask why internet service is so expensive even in high density areas, the telecom companies say that it is because of the ... high costs of deploying internet lines to rural areas.

RE: Connections
By theArchMichael on 10/28/2011 11:11:14 AM , Rating: 4
south korea is like $10 a month 100Mbps. Yeah all things are relative but you'd expect more infrastructure and lower barrier of access to technology in the world's leading economy.

RE: Connections
By FITCamaro on 10/28/11, Rating: -1
RE: Connections
By Jeremy87 on 10/27/2011 3:14:44 PM , Rating: 2
T3 isn't even very fast compared to what is available in Sweden.
Not to mention Luleå is one of Sweden's university-cities, and IIRC they've broken world speed records in sending gigantic amounts of data over long distances.

No, I don't think the internet connection will be a problem for Luleå.

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