Sustainability and High Performance Computing: A Use Case in Basel

DeepSquare sustainability

In recent years, there has been a growing concern about the environmental impact of information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure. The high energy consumption of data centers and the associated carbon emissions have raised questions about the sustainability of the digital world. At the same time, there is a need for faster and more powerful computing systems to support the growing demand for data processing and analysis. This is where sustainable high-performance computing (HPC) comes into play.

Sustainable HPC is about using energy-efficient hardware, software optimization, and renewable energy sources to reduce the carbon footprint of computing systems. By optimizing the use of resources and minimizing waste, sustainable HPC can reduce energy costs and improve the environmental sustainability of data centers.

One example of sustainable HPC in action is the cluster deployed by DeepSquare in Basel, Switzerland in collaboration with IWB Industrielle Werke Basel. This cluster is powered by renewable energy sources and is designed to meet the high-performance computing needs of data scientists and artists working on complex simulations and visualizations. By using sustainable HPC, DeepSquare is able to reduce its carbon footprint while maintaining the high performance required for these applications. This cluster is not only powered by renewable energy, but all the heat generated is injected into the heating system. In short, by using this compute cluster, data scientists and artists are providing heat for residents in Basel without burning any additional fossil fuels or any additional CO2 emissions. 

This project demonstrates the potential of sustainable HPC to support sustainability initiatives in various fields. By providing faster and more efficient computing power, sustainable HPC can help researchers and practitioners to tackle complex environmental and social challenges. It can also help reduce the carbon footprint of the digital world, making it more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

DeepSquare offers Sustainable High-Performance Computing (HPC) solutions, which aim to reduce the environmental impact of computing while increasing performance. By utilizing energy-efficient hardware and software, DeepSquare’s HPC clusters minimize power consumption and carbon emissions, making them a sustainable option for data centers and computing-intensive applications. The clusters are also designed to be scalable and adaptable to changing business needs, providing a cost-effective and efficient solution for companies looking to improve their computing infrastructure.

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