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Check out Zuckerberg's photos of Facebook's advanced Arctic data center

By midian182 ยท 11 replies
Sep 29, 2016
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  1. When he isn’t giving away his vast fortune, bringing the internet to remote parts of the earth, or trying to rid the world of all disease, Mark Zuckerberg continues to run a social media network that boasts nearly two billion active monthly users - and that requires some innovative tech.

    To show off some of Facebook’s cutting-edge, eco-friendly hardware, Zuckerberg is posting rare images of the technology on his own FB profile. First up is its massive data center facility in Luleå, Sweden, which stores the world’s largest archive of photos, as well as an increasing number of videos.

    As the site is located less than 70 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the temperature in the area is often below 50 degrees. Zuckerberg showed the huge fans that draw cold air from the outside to cool the tens of thousands of servers in the data hall. In the winter, when temperatures can drop to minus 30, the heat from the servers is used to warm the building, which is about the size of six football fields.

    The natural cooling/heating system, along with the power from a dozen nearby hydro-electric plants, mean the facility is 10 percent more efficient than traditional data centers and consumes 40 percent less power. Google is another company trying to reduce its data center energy usage; the search engine giant is using it Deep Mind AI to efficiently manage servers and environmental controls.

    As big as the building is, there are only around 150 people working inside its halls. Zuckerberg says that because of the simplified design, just one technician is required for every 25,000 servers. They often travel about on scooters, given the enormous size of the center.

    The Facebook CEO explains how the equipment has been stripped back to its bare bones so it can be accessed and repaired quickly. “A few years ago, it took an hour to repair a server hard drive. At Luleå, that’s down to two minutes," he said.

    Max Zavyalov, a network engineer in the Edge & Network Services team, was equally enthusiastic about the hardware: “Look at these racks, the network devices, the cabling. Everything is like reference model!”

    Through its Open Compute Project, Facebook releases its data center hardware designs to other developers and engineers. “We come from a proud hacker background and from a company largely built upon open source philosophy in software,” said Joel Kjellgren, Luleå Site Manager. “We just couldn’t understand why the same principles couldn’t apply to hardware.”

    It’s not all about power and efficiency; there’s also the question of privacy and security. Zuckerberg posted an image showing the huge number of old and obsolete hard drives that have been crushed to protect their contents.

    As a final word, Facebook’s director of data center design engineering Jay Park claimed that “There is no more efficient data center in the world.” And the company isn't slowing down; when the Los Luna, New Mexico site comes online in late 2018, it will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy and the company's seventh data center.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,428   +1,716

    Someday there will be a box with Zuckerberg inside an ice cube, with some warning labels.
    killmess, Reehahs and Uncle Al like this.
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 2,681   +1,442

    Well, let's hope it's a very small box because ..... size matters!
    Reehahs and VitalyT like this.
  4. Igrecman

    Igrecman TS Addict Posts: 198   +107

    The next Data Center will be using DNA to store data. Hence it will be just a big bowl of jelly.
    madboyv1 and Reehahs like this.
  5. NicktheWVAHick

    NicktheWVAHick TS Booster Posts: 88   +65

    It's good to know that all references to what my neighbor's best friend had for lunch last Thursday are stored in such a secure and eco-friendly environment.
    Raoul Duke likes this.
  6. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,361   +66

    And the latency/response time is? Takes about 20 seconds from china.
  7. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Evangelist Posts: 583   +316

    Too bad those servers are mostly clogged with reposted memes.

    I object to giving Zuckerberg info - but the rest of you seem more than willing to do so. Your locations, your friends, face-recognition photos of them and your family...your vacations...your D'pics... they have access to ALL of it.

    Good job guys.

    And most of you said: "I'd never let the government put a chip in me".


    And they've got one on your arm.
    Raoul Duke and worldyDude like this.
  8. worldyDude

    worldyDude TS Rookie

    Future comes step by step, so not much people can really feel it.
    Raoul Duke likes this.
  9. Ah, the irony
    but seriously that is an impressive building, someone did their job nicely
  10. nimd4

    nimd4 TS Member

    Um, what stood out for me was: "[..] they have access to ALL of it"

    ^^ While, in fact, "they" have access ONLY to the data which is uploaded and *made* available. So, it's a conscious choice by the user (still is, fortunately, hehe). IDK., at the moment all we have to do is disable the Network Adapter and then it's cool!! :))
  11. nimd4

    nimd4 TS Member

    BTW., yeah, saw this Datacenter on Discovery (Europe cable) TV, a couple of /few months ago. They kept wheeling-in new servers, by the truckload, throughout the show, nuts!.. It's hard to know WHO is paying for (all) this and also WHY. The hardware, bandwidth (& more), I imagine that the cost(s) must be ASTRONOMICAL?! xD
  12. commanderasus

    commanderasus TS Booster Posts: 110   +38

    Back - back in time to circa 2011 and this was in the news: Despite continuous pressure from the entertainment industries, The Pirate Bay isn't planning to cease its operations anytime soon. Instead, the crew ordered 10 shiny new servers which just arrived at a datacenter located in a Swedish mountain complex. With the new hardware the site should be more redundant, reducing possible downtime to a minimum.

    Who is going to "police" Facebook? They won't even let people post historical photos unless they are "approved". When will we hear of a "raid" on Facebook? Will we ever? Biggest mind control experiment ever conducted upon the public "with their approval", remember you clicked "agree" and gave up all your rights, the few you had left. Don't tell me about the constitution either, they changed that as well, took out the word freedom and put in liberty.

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