Lefdal Mine Datacenter to host HPC for Daimler

30 November 2021 | Melanie Mingas

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Lefdal Mine Datacenter is to host Daimler’s High Performance Computing (HPC) workloads, which the automotive giant uses to design vehicles and automated driving technologies.

Known as one of Europe’s greenest data centres, Lefdal Mine Datacenter is located in Måløy, Norway, and is owned by Columbia Threadneedle Investments and Rittal.

Proving the demand for enterprises to utilise sustainable ICT, Daimler said the move would help it deliver on its sustainability mission “Ambition 2039”, which will see it become CO2 neutral by 2039.

Jørn Skaane, CEO of Lefdal Mine Datacenter AS, said: “We have built and operate a leading sustainable, secure and cost-effective data centre – the Norwegian solution. With short travelled renewable power and cooling from the nearby fjord, sustainability is in the core of our mission and values. Our ambition is to be the greenest data centre in the world, with the ability to offer tailor-made and scalable data centre solutions.

"We are inspired to have been chosen to host Daimler HPC workloads and will contribute for Daimler to become CO2 neutral.”

The Lefdal facility is situated in a mine next to a fjord, meaning a low and stable temperature for effective cooling. Coupled with Norway's renewable power provision, this reduces Lefdal's energy and water demands, meaning it can offer a world leading location for HPC environments without the associated environmental impact.

Earlier this month it was confirmed that Lefdal will also host the national supercomputers and storage systems of Sigma2, which operates e-infrastructure for research and higher education in Norway.

Supporting Daimler in its new data centre, Infosys will provide its Data Center as a Service (DCaaS) suite, part of the Infosys Cobalt portfolio. It means Infosys will manage the IT infrastructure in its entirety while Lefdal Mine Datacenter provides the facility.