Under the Hood - Part II: The Data Hall

Following on where Under the Hood - Part I: The Ground Floor left off, in this video, the MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) manager for the MGHPCC construction project, Greg Webster (Turner Construction) narrates a second virtual tour of the building, this time focussing on the upper floor of the two storey structure. Using the building information modeling tool Navisworks the tour provides a clear picture of how the computers will be housed, with  multiple "pods", being serviced by a complex system of distributed power, cooling, sprinkler and network infrastructure.

With a capacity in excess of 10MW, the center is power hungry. Drawing as much electricity as a small town into a space the size of a gymnasium calls for creative thinking to get the required energy in and take the heat and data out. 


The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) is a ground breaking collaboration of five of the state’s most research-intensive universities, state government and private industry — the most significant collaboration among government, industry and public and private universities in the history of the Commonwealth, and the first facility in the nation of its kind.

The MGHPCC facility provides the state-of-the-art computational infrastructure, indispensible in the increasingly data-rich environment of the post-genomic revolution. Today, virtually no major breakthrough in science – be it be designing a new drug, developing new materials for clean energy or predicting climate change — can take place without computation, which has become the “third leg” of scientific discovery, along with theory and experimentation. With this increased role of computation, the MGHPCC represents a critical piece of infrastructure that will allow the Commonwealth to attract and retain the very best scientists, secure federal and private funding to support scientific research in the state, and continue to fuel the state’s innovation economy.

Read more: http://www.mghpcc.org/  


Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, MGHPCC