atNorth delivers HPC environment in Iceland

13 January 2022 | Melanie Mingas

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atNorth has delivered a sustainable HPC and AI cluster in Iceland for ocean sustainability consultancy blueOASIS.

Through various projects, the Portugal-based client focuses on the decarbonisation of shipping, alternative fuels, underwater noise pollution that negatively impacts fauna, and maritime renewable energies.

However, to do this it creates simulations and leans heavily on AI – both of which require massive computing power, ideally using high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure.

Now HPCFLOW, atNorth's HPC and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solution, will be used to handle big data on a significant scale and to run the intensive calculations that form the foundation of much of this work.

Staffan Hansson, sales specialist of HPC and AI services, atNorth said: “Their work in ocean sustainability, cleaning and decarbonisation is vital in the global push for sustainable practices.

"We’re delighted to be able to provide HPC services to an organisation such as blueOASIS, which evidently shares our commitment to sustainability on a personal and professional level.”

atNorth, which builds and operates data centres in Iceland and Sweden, says its services are "are architected to provide circular economy principles for the data centre industry where renewable energy combined with unparalleled energy efficiency are fundamental". However, no details were provided on how HPCFLOW aligns with this.

Guilherme Beleza Vaz, CEO of blueOASIS, added: “atNorth’s HPC services are fast, have excellent uptime and are good value for money. We’re excited about building a long-term partnership that can be scaled up and down as needed.”