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The US Department of Energy’s (DoE) upcoming El Capitan supercomputer will be capable of 2 exaflops of computing performance, making it more powerful than the top 200 fastest supercomputers combined.
The record-breaking supercomputer, which is expected to be delivered in early 2023 and will be located at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California, will be used by the DoE’s National Nuclear Security Administration to advance America’s nuclear security missions.
Google is stepping up efforts to attract international customers to its cloud platform, announcing four new cloud regions on top of the four it was already planning to launch this year.
The Alphabet subsidiary, which trails Microsoft and Amazon in the public cloud market, revealed plans to open new cloud regions in Delhi, Doha, Melbourne and Toronto, all cities located in countries with existing data centre regions.
Operational technology multinational Honeywell has claimed it has cracked a quantum computing conundrum that will pave the way for the “world’s most powerful quantum computer”.
Honeywell added that it expected to release the record-breaking system within the next three months.
Quantum computers leverage qubits instead of bits to solve problems that ordinary computers would take millions or even billions of years to solve and are roundly expected to accelerate applications such as drug development, weather forecasts and materials design.
California-based IT giant Supermicro has launched a cell-tower mounted server for harsh outdoor environments.
The company is touting the enclosure-based servers as a “data centre on a pole” for edge deployments, designed to allow the rapid rollout of adaptable 5G networks.
Ohio-based data centre specialist Vertiv has launched its first single-phase UPS with next-generation lithium-ion batteries.
The new lithium-ion-based Liebert PSI5 comes in 1,500VA and 3,000VA capabilities and is available now in the US and Canada.
French electrical equipment giant Schneider Electric has agreed to buy German software company RIB for €1.4 billion.
RIB’s cloud-based BIM software helps digitalise enterprises in the building and construction industries. Schneider said the acquisition will help the company cater to the growing demand for smart and carbon-free buildings.
Researchers have criticised what they call the “conventional wisdom” that data centre energy utilisation is spiralling out of control, claiming such narratives ignore the great gains made in data centre efficiency.
Revised global data centre energy use estimates were published last week in the journal Science by researchers seeking to clarify the environmental impact of the server farms that underpin the cloud and much of our digital world.
Google plans to invest more than $10 billion building data centres and offices across the United States this year.
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and its parent company Alphabet, announced the news in a blog post.
Electrical equipment and data centre infrastructure giant Schneider Electric has said the financial impact of coronavirus on its quarterly revenues could reach €300m after factory closures in China temporarily halted production.
The company was forced to shut down facilities in China in response to the outbreak, 80 percent of which have now reopened.
Microsoft has announced a five-year plan to invest $1.1bn into Mexico and establish a cloud region in the country.
The Mexico region will take Microsoft’s global tally to 57, which are located in 22 countries. A cloud region consists of two or more data centres, but Microsoft has not revealed how many facilities it plans to build or where they will be located.
Intel has unveiled a new cryogenic quantum chip that it claims marks a “milestone in the development of a commercially viable quantum computer”.
The chipmaker outlined the technical features of the “Horse Ridge” chip in a research paper released at the 2020 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco.
Enterprise data centres are not ready for the rise in data volumes that 5G and IoT will bring about, claims a new report.
Forbes Insights and critical infrastructure specialists Vertiv surveyed 150 data centre executives and engineers from around the world to discover how they are improving data infrastructure, compute capabilities and bandwidth to meet the demands of “5G-fueled hyperconnectivity”.