Cloudberry Datacenters - A Research Center

The purpose of Cloudberry is to develop new knowledge about energy and resource-efficient data centers by conducting high-quality research. The overall goal is to generate research results and knowledge that help to streamline energy use in data centers, reduce global carbon dioxide emissions and contribute to a more efficient energy system as a whole.
Cloudberry is financed by The Swedish Energy Agency (Energimyndigheten) and
Region Norrbotten.

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Data Center News

Data centers in North Sweden

There is a new regional data center brochure. Welcome to read it below.

Read it here

Multifunctional data centers

Two researchers from Luleå University of Technology, Marcus Sandberg and Agatino Rizzo and a coming Phd Student will explore the possibility of developing sustainable datacenters for a more attractive built environment.

The number of energy-intensive datacenters in Sweden and Europe are increasing and their impact on the local community need to be sustainable.

The idea is to look at solutions that have several functions: in addition to serving as datacenters, also serve as a source of renewable energy and also use the waste heat to grow food or heat a gym for example. Because low-value waste heat is difficult to transport, it is advisable to use it in proximity to the data center. Another challenge is to make the construction process more efficient and thus less costly.

The Multifunctional Datacenter Districts for Attractive Cities project is funded by the Energy Agency and Cooperative and run within the framework of the National Research Center Cloudberry Datacenters.

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Greenhouse at data center

Researchers at Luleå Univesity of Technology want to take advantage of the waste heat generated by many industries in a better way.

In a cold city like Luleå there are both heavy industries and large data centers that create large amounts of heat, which is apparent during the cold part of the year when steam rises to the sky.

"The purpose of this project is to find technical, economic and social synergies between greenhouse gases and data centers that can help make agriculture competitive and sustainable in the Nordic region", says Agatino Rizzo, Associate Professor in Urban Planning at Luleå University of Technology.

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Cloudberry Day

On May 10th, an information meeting about the research centre Cloudberry Datacenters took place at Luleå University of Technology. During the meeting the research center as a whole as well as its different sub projects were presented.

The overall goal of Cloudberry Datacenters is to generate research results and knowledge that help to streamline energy use in data centers, reduce global carbon dioxide emissions and contribute to a more efficient energy system as a whole as well as to become a hub for research, development, knowledge and implementation in the data center area.
During the event, all of the 12 different sub-projects were presented,  covering everything from energy systems, software, data clouds to research on buildings, cooling and energy recycling. 

- Now when all the sub-projects has kicked off and are up-and-running, it is very interesting to hear everyone present their work and what is going on and how far they have come. We are very satisfied with the work so far says Karl Andersson, Associate Professor of Pervasive and Mobile Computing at Luleå University of Technology and project manager for Cloudberry Datacenters. 

During the event, external guests as well as internal participants from Luleå University of Technology and RISE got a chance to network with one another and discuss issues like how a data center can be built differently in order to reduce energy consumption and what kind of software architecture is needed to increase energy efficiency. 

Energiutblick 2019

"Energiutblick" is the most exciting energy conference of the year. Cloudberry Datacenters will be represented by Anna Krook-Riekkola, who leads one of the sub-projects.

The conference takes place in Eskilstuna on April 9, 2019. The theme for this year's conference is: How we accelerate the energy conversion - with the human being in the center.

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Welcome to the annual Gender Contact Point day

Take the opportunity to learn more about tools and methods for practical gender mainstreaming.

The annual Gender Contact Point day will be held on March 13, 12-16 at Luleå University of Technology. Examples, tools and methods for practical gender mainstreaming are presented and discussed by companies, researchers and other participating actors. The day starts with a mingle lunch at 12. Cloudberry will also be there to tell you about the research center. See program below.
Please note that the last day of registration is 6/3.

Invitation with program and registration link

Data centres are the light bulb of the 21st century

Data centres are a key part of the infrastructure that manages today's large amounts of data, and the growth is driven by the fact that people and devices are increasingly connecting to computer networks. A problem with data centres is that they are ineffective from an energy perspective, something that researchers hope to correct.

– The purpose of a light bulb is to generate light, however, the light is only one per cent of the energy consumption, and the remaining 99 per cent consists of heat. This has caused the bulb to become banned in Europe. Data centre is the 21st century light bulb, because only a small part of the energy is used to transport data, the rest of the energy used is made up of heat. Consequently, there is a great need to build more energy-efficient data centres, and I see it as a fluid mechanics challenge, says Jon Summers, research director at the RISE SICS North Institute and new adjunct professor of Fluid Mechanics at Luleå University of Technology. 

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Kick-off for Cloudberry Research Center

Cloudberry Datacenters are Luleå University of Technology's flagship project around energy and resource-efficient data centers implemented with RISE SICS North and the industry.

The research center is multidisciplinary and consists of 12 subprojects with research from everything from buildings and data center architecture to studies on data centers' impact on the energy system as a whole, efficient power and cooling systems for automation as well as IT related to data centers.

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Data centers can increase food production

Can waste heat from data centers enable food production in North Sweden? A new research project will find out.

The idea of the project is to take care of the data center's waste heat and use as heating and allow for cultivation.
- Very much heat is just released and it's a waste when we can actually use it for something.

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Huawei interested in data centers and research in Norrbotten

IT and communications giant Huawei is interested in data centers and research in Norrbotten.

- I have asked Huawei to report to Norrbotten's governor about his interest in using data centers and collaborating on research with the university here, said Ambassador Congyou Gui.

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Jon Summers, Adjunct Professor of Fluid Mechanics

Jon Summers recently became adjunct professor at Luleå university of technology in fluid mechanics.

Jon is scientific leader at the institute RISE SICS North where he is leading research in how digital infrastructure as datacenters can be made sustainable and energy efficient. His focus is mainly on cooling of electronics and datacenters.

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New datacenter project

The new project "Datacenter Innovation Region" provides an opportunity for small and medium-sized enterprises, with operations in Norrbotten and Västerbotten, to gain support for the development of products and services in the field of  data centers and clouds.

The purpose is to promote the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises, in collaboration with universities, institutes and technical data center test environment.

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Spill heat from server halls - to grow vegetables

LTU researchers will use virtual models to investigate the possibility of taking care of the waste heat from larger data centers.

The larger data halls are very energy-intensive and when the servers get hot they usually cool down with the help of air. It is then sent out through the ventilation pipes and into the empty air. According to LTU's measurements, the waste heat can be up to 35 degrees hot. It is not hot enough to transport the longer distances, so you explore various possibilities like growing food or heating buildings directly adjacent to the data halls. This is all done in a Research center called Cloudberry Datacenters.

Read more & watch the TV clip here

Blockchain & AI event

In April in Luleå, LTU and RISE Sics North organized a breakfast meeting in the area of AI & Machine learning.
In May in Boden, LTU and Boden Business Agency arranged a Blockchain event called Blockchain North.

See the full AI & Machine learning event (in swedish)

See a short clip from the Blockchain North event

Cloudberry: New research hub around data centers

Luleå University of Technology is investing in research on the data centers established in Sweden recently.

The hope is that electrically operated server halls will be more energy efficient. It is a multidisciplinary project, ranging from architecture and building construction to energy engineering, flow theory, electrical power, regulation technology and computer science.
"We look forward to innovations and new knowledge in many areas, "said Karl Andersson, Deputy Professor and Acting Operations Manager.

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Data centers in North Sweden

There is a new regional data center brochure. Welcome to download it below.

Research project in the area of waste heat

There is a regional data center project named
Green Power that will work to bring Northern Sweden on the map regarding research and innovation in green energy efficient data centers.

The project builds on the need to take care of waste heat from data centers. The goal is to develop a methodology to measure heat, humidity and airflow from datacenters and create computer models that can be used to design and evaluate greenhouse and energy transfer solutions and find a balance between waste heat and other energy sources for greenhouse operation in cold climates.

The project will contribute to new ideas and solutions in the field of data centers in a cold climate, combined with residual heat and work for long-term strategic international alliances.

Video: Data centers control

The world-wide operation of data centers is estimated to account to 2 percent of the global energy consumptions, a figure that has been steadily increasing in the past years, and is projected to continue with this trend.

Efficient, sustainable and cost effective operations of data centers are thus a real need. But how can automatic control contribute to satisfying these needs? The opportunities are actually multiple, especially when considering networks of datacenters. In this talk Damiano Varagnolo, researcher in Control Engineering at Luleå university of Technology, describes the role of automatic control in the management of data centers, and review the state of the practice, the state of the art, the challenges and the opportunities associated to their operation.

See the video here

Modular and energy-efficient data centers in wood

This new project will study how the design and integration of data centers can be done in an energy efficient way.

The project will develop a methodology for building energy efficient data centers of wooden modules. In particular, the modular walls impact on cooling and heat recovery are studied, as well as the impact on the data center's carbon footprint. Project manager is Mikael Risberg at LTU.

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Student visit at the Facebook Data Center

A number of students from the green IT program PERCCOM visited the Facebook data center in Luleå.

Facebook's Data center Manager in Europe, Joel Kjellgren was hosting the visit together with Helena Sundberg, Site Coordinator. The group of master students really enjoyed looking at the huge Facebook premises. LTU are looking forward to future cooperation with Facebook Luleå.

Data Centers in North Sweden

Cloudberry has taken part in the development of a new regional data center brochure. Welcome to download it below.

Report from the Data center Test lab Workshop

The world's first open Hadoop based data center for research and innovation in the big data and cloud area, will open in Luleå in December.

The test lab, initiated by SICS North and LTU, is named SICS ICE, - Infrastructure and Cloud data center test Environment. The aim is that the data center will support all universities and industrial companies in Sweden with an experimental environment for research, demonstration of infrastructure products, cloud services and other aspects of data analysis.

Due to this, there was a workshop held at LTU with a brainstorming on prioritized measurement equipment, tools and infrastructure and what projects to do first in the facility.

To read the full report from the workshop, download the pdf below: 

Master students in Green IT visits data center

An introduction day took place in Luleå and Boden for a group of newly arrived master students from the green IT program PERCCOM.

Sumeet Thombre is one of the PERCCOM students that will study at LTU during the coming year and do his master thesis at Skellefteå campus.
Sumeet says: "I thought the introduction day was very well organised by Professor Karl Andersson. It had top notch arrangements and a good confluence of educational, social and cultural activities. We had very good technical sessions including our thesis structuring and a visit to Hydro66, close to Boden. At Hydro66 we saw their new data center and got a good understanding of their research and deployment techniques. Actually, I was already aware of the fact that Luleå and Boden had data centers before coming there, because I read a detailed article about data centers and Facebook in the SAS flight magazine while flying to Stockholm."

Report from the Data center & Cloud Days

Spread knowledge, raise the industry in the area of data center and cloud and to work more effectively towards greener data storage. That was the aim of the conference named "The data center and cloud Days" organized at Luleå University of Technology by Cloudberry and EIT ICT Labs.

More and more data are stored which in turn requires more energy. Finding ways to reduce energy consumption and thereby create a better life for both the environment and communications, are two major challenges for research and the industry, and two of the challenges that were addressed during the conference. During the conference at Luleå University of Technology, the approximately 80 participants got to listen to Frank Ketelaars from IBM, Azimeh Sefidcon, Ericsson, Andy Long, CEO of Boden's data center Hydro66 and Sam Cole, manager of the data center KNC Miner. The conference participants also got to visit a data center in Boden. The conference closed with a panel discussion which, among other things, discussed the issue of energy for data centers. "Hopefully, the energy tax should be the same throughout Europe. It would create a more fair competition", says Marie Nolin.

The opportunity for the industry to meet and interact is of great importance at a conference such as The data center and cloud days. Both to attract more data centers and innovative companies to the region and to bring about possible research collaborations. "The industry has a need for meeting places and one such is Cloudberry. There is also a need to raise and communicate important issues, such as how local businesses can become better providers of data center companies", says Marie Nolin. "Luleå University of Technology needs to expand its research in order to solve the challenges the industry is facing. But we also need to be in the forefront when it comes to education so that the region has skilled staff to put into this growing sector of the future.

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The TV channel Arte's segment about the DC industry in North Sweden

A film team from the TV channel Arte was in Skellefteå and Luleå to film the region and the growing data center industry.

The film was shown May 2 all across Europe. See the segment here (in german): 

LTU Researcher Awarded Prize

On January 8, Norrbottens Forskningsråd assigned the NoFo's young researcher prize. One of the two recipients is Damiano Varagnolo, Assistant Professor at LTU, division of Signals and Systems, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering.

Damiano participated with the proposal "Distributed Optimization and Estimation for Synergic Automatic Control". The project aims at exploring how to implement and improve load following and load shifting concepts with data centers. Load following is the concept of variating the electrical power production to meet the temporal variability of the electrical demands. Load shifting is instead the concept of diminishing the electrical power demands variability by moving loads requests in time. Data centers may perform both these two tasks by exploiting their thermal inertia, i.e., by shifting in time their electrical power demands for cooling activities, in coordination with the local transmission system operators.
The winning project, running for 3 years, aims at developing algorithms for forecasting cooling needs for datacenters, and algorithms for coordinate networks of data centers and local transmission system operators so that the formers can perform both load following and load shifting operations.

Building Data centers in wood

On the picture, from the left:
Anja Palm from Skellefteå Municipality, Greger Lindgren from Martinsons Byggsystem, Karin Sandberg from SP Hållbar Samhällsbyggnad, Dick Sandberg from LTU, Karl Andersson from LTU & Cloudberry, Mats Ekevad from LTU, Thomas Lundmark from LTU & TCN, Helena Markgren from Thyréns, Harriet Wistemar from Skellefteå Municipality and Stig Axelsson from Martinsons Byggsystem.

On January 13, a Cloudberry workshop was held at LTU, campus Skellefteå, regarding the possibilites of building data centers in wood. At the meeting, representatives from Skellefteå Municipality, wood researchers from LTU as well as regional companies, gathered to generate ideas and discuss opportunities and future possible ways forward.

Everyone wants to build data centers
in Sweden

Facebook, Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

As the world's largest IT companies try to reduce their climate footprint, the Swedish electricity mix has become crucial.

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Microsoft data center in Sandviken

Microsoft's planned data hall in Ersbo in Gävle have leaked previously, but now the IT giant has submitted building permit applications for the equally large land in Sandviken.

Microsoft has purchased a total of 130 hectares of land, in Ersbo in Gävle and in Tuna in Sandiken. Previously, Microsoft has filed the building permit application in Gävle, where it is about a 23,000 square meter data hall.

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Investments in data centers will double by 2025

Investments in Nordic data centers will double by 2025, according to a report from Business Sweden.

"The Nordic region has great potential to become a global data hub that connects Europe with North America and Asia," said Philip Low, Chairman of Broad Group, in a comment on the new report.

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Guaroo Iceland Sweden wants to build two server halls in Boden

The company is looking for a building permit to build two server halls with a total area of 23,500 square meters.

The company bought the ground last year for ten million SEK.

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Heat from server halls - to grow vegetables

More and more server halls are built in cold Norrbotten. And they produce a lot of surplus heat.

Now it may be possible to build greenhouses with vegetable farms adjacent to the halls, to use the heat.

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Experiment to halve energy consumption in Data centers

Large amounts of energy goes to the fans that cool down the hard-working processors in today's data center. But by using natural draft, researchers hope to halve energy consumption.

The research institute Rise SICS North in Luleå is working on a possible solution in a project funded by the Swedish Energy Agency. In the simulations made before the experiment, researchers have found that the energy consumption of fans under optimal conditions can be halved.

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New Data Centre in Boden

HIVE Blockchain will expand Cryptocurrency Mining Capacity by 175% with New Data Centre in Boden.

The new Data Centre will be a newly constructed GPU mining facility. The Company’s cryptocurrency mining capacity is expected to increase by approximately 175% with the addition of the new Data Centre. Harry Pokrandt, CEO and President of HIVE stated “HIVE is acquiring a facility in a politically stable country with access to excellent infrastructure and complements our existing facilities in Iceland.”

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Sweden #1 in Country Sustainability Ranking

The Country Sustainability Ranking is a comprehensive framework for analyzing countries’ ESG performance.

By focusing on ESG factors such as aging, competitiveness and environmental risks, the country sustainability analysis offers a view into a country’s strengths and weaknesses and is based on 17 environmental, social and governance indicators.

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Hydro66 & RISE SICS North
winners of Datacenter Dynamics Awards

The Data Center Eco-Sustainability Award
Winner: Hydro66

Hydro66 is led and financed by Internet industry veteran David Rowe, founder and CEO of Easynet. Its first data centre is located in the leading cloud and data center cluster in the Nordics and is powered using locally generated clean green hydropower

Best Data Center Initiative of the Year
Winner: RISE SICS North AB

RISE SICS is a leading research institute for applied information and communication technology in Sweden, founded in 1985. Its new ICE research data center supports universities and industrial companies with an experimental environment for cloud and infrastructure technology.

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New 35MW cryptocurrency mine

The Future of Mining, a company owned by a group of investors from Florida, is planning to build a 35MW cryptocurrency mine in the north of Sweden.

The first phase of the project will be consuming 5MW of power, and is expected to commence operations next month. The company also envisions a business accelerator that would take advantage of the talent in the nearby Boden-Älvsbyn HPC cluster.

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Boden sells land to data center

The municipality of Bodens has decided to sell the land next to the former helicopter hangars to Guaroo Iceland Sweden.

It is a 10-hectare area sold for SEK 10 million. The company will build one or more industrial buildings on the site and it can create more than 50 jobs in Boden.

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New data center to the HPC cluster

U.S. Blockchain company The Future of Mining launches data center and business accelerator in Boden-Älvsbyn.

The Miami based Blockchain and High Performance Computing (HPC) company The Future Of Mining is setting up data center operations in Sweden. The deal includes a 1,500m2 brownfield data center facility as well as a large adjacent office facility. The plan is to also start a dedicated business accelerator – all located in the HPC cluster Boden-Älvsbyn the north of Sweden. The first 5 MW of capacity will be up and running already during November, with another 30 MW to follow over the coming 18 months.

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The Swedish data center industry is booming

The Swedish data center industry is booming and continues to grow by 14 percent per year.

It is valued at 52 bn SEK by 2025 - shaping a new major industry according to The Boston Consulting Group. 5 MW datacenter to be built by Multigrid - The World's Most Connected Data Centers in Kista Science City, heating over 4000 households.

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Jokkmokk's new data center
is being launched

The Luxembourg-based company Etix Everywhere and Swedish Arctic Sites are launching a data center to open in Porjus Industrial House.

This will be a top-notch, high-quality facility that, together with 100 percent renewable energy and multiple fiber redundancy, will make the data center one of Sweden's most powerful colocation facilities. In the data center in Jokkmokk, customers are offered to place their own servers in the hall or a lease solution.

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How Sweden plans to be Europe’s data centre powerhouse

Tax cuts have reduced the total cost of electricity used by data centres in Sweden by approximately 40%, resulting in one of the lowest cost of power in Europe.

This associated with a cool climate has made Sweden a hot-spot for data centre investment. Data Economy talks to Patrik Öhlund, CEO at The Node Pole and Tomas Sokolnicki, senior investment advisor at Data Centers by Sweden,
to find out more.

See video here

Chinese blockchain, HPC giant to open data centre in Boden

Beijing-based Canaan Creative has announced it will open its first data centre outside China in Boden.
Canaan is a global provider of blockchain servers and also designs ASIC microprocessor solutions. The data centre will also be the first built in Europe by a company of this kind.
The first phase of the data centre will see an initial IT power load of 10MW, with servers to be switched on before the end of February. Electricity company Vattenfall has been tasked with supplying the energy for the data centre.

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SME support for the development of
products and services

The datacenter project named "FUI" provides an opportunity for small and medium-sized enterprises, with operations in Norrbotten and Västerbotten, to gain support for the development of products and services in the field of green resource-efficient data centers and clouds.

The purpose of the project is to promote the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises, in collaboration with universities, institutes and technical data center test environment. The project runs until the end of 2018.

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LTU and Operations in the area of Data Centers and Cloud

Now you can read more about what is done at Luleå university of Technology and in the region within the data center and cloud area in terms of research, education, collaboration and experimental environments.

There is also information about who to contact if you have questions or if you want to participate and contribute.

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Lowered tax rates for data centers

The Swedish government has greatly reduced electricity tax for data centers.

From today's tax rate of between 19.4 and 29.4 cents (SEK) per kilowatt hour, depending on where the data center is, down to 0.005 SEK or USD 0.00054 per kWh. This 97% tax cut will come into effect by January 1st, 2017 and will be applicable to both existing and new data centers exceeding 0.5 MW capacity.

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Large energy companies to acquire
The Node Pole

Two of Sweden’s largest energy companies, Vattenfall and Skellefteå Kraft, announce their intentions of acquiring The Node Pole.

With the new backers onboard, The Node Pole plan is to expand geographically, to widen the offering to include also other energy intensive industry investments – and to scale The Node Pole’s market offering accordingly.
The acquisition deal correlates with an expected tax reduction for data center energy provision in Sweden, lowering data center taxes to the same levels as other energy intensive industries. These lowered tax rates are expected to pass in the Swedish Government budget due through congress in early December of this year. 

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Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook post about the Luleå Datacenter

Mark Zuckerberg has written about their Luleå Datacenter in a Facebook post.

He writes: The small town of Luleå is less than 70 miles south of the Arctic Circle, and it's typically pretty cold. The temperature in the area is below 50 degrees most days, so we use large fans to pull in the outside air to naturally cool the thousands of warm servers that line the center’s broad hallways. A dozen hydro-electric plants operate on nearby rivers, providing a reliable and renewable power source. The whole system is 10% more efficient and uses almost 40% less power than traditional data centers. Inside, the main building is the size of six football fields. Nearly all the technology in the facility, from the servers to the power distribution systems, is based on Open Compute Project designs as well.

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Quadrupled data center industry
within ten years

In less than ten years, Sweden has a unique opportunity to build a new industry for data centers.

This can create an economic value of 50 billion SEK a year and employ 30,000 people, according to a report from The Boston Consulting Group.

Read more here

Read the report here

Drones and lasers to deliver the Internet to everyone

On September 24, Jay Parikh, VP Global Engineering and infrastructure at Facebook, visited LTU.

As vice president of Global Engineering and infrastructure, Jay Parikh is responsible for Facebook's innovation and infrastructure globally. It is the infrastructure, which today makes it possible to connect nearly 1.5 billion people in the world, and share images, experiences and events with each other. But he is also responsible for developing the infrastructure that does not yet exist, but which is necessary to connect the next billion people and to ensure that more people have the opportunity to use the knowledge available on the Internet. This includes, among other things, Facebook's development of lasers and drones, which together will reduce the cost of data communication to a level where even people in the poorest countries are able to connect to Internet.

To see the entire lecture, click here:

Link to LTU article

Picture: LTU

Digital Infrastructure report

To benefit even more from the Netherland's strong position in Digital Infrastructure and raise economic growth, a Deloitte report has made the following six recommendations:

1. Support investments and developments in the Digital Infrastructure sector. Barriers for investments and additional
national or European legislation have a negative impact on economic growth as the sector is a driver for the international
internet economy and the digital society.

2. Create incentive measures for the online ecosystem as a whole. Do not only look at the core Digital Infrastructure
sector, but also to the down- and upstream sectors as they
strengthen each other.

3. In particular, stimulate innovations that depend on the Dutch Digital Infrastructure. Chances for growth can be found in E-commerce, online services and by stimulating cloud innovations by Dutch firms.

4. Stimulate the choice of NL as a host nation for multinationals who offer digital services. In the wake of stiff
international competition and growing importance of
Digital Infrastructure for business operations, attracting
foreign firms who are heavy users of our digital facilities can contribute significantly to the growth of the Dutch online ecosystem.

5. Form regulatory frameworks which focuses on the broader picture. The size and growth of the Digital Infrastructure
and the Internet economy justifies its own frameworks,
avoiding unnecessary legislation.

6. Align education to ensure a workforce that meets the needs of the digital economy. The rate of change and growth of the digital economy and the impact on our society requires a proactive approach to teach digital skills in all aspects parts of the educational system.

Read the full report here

Report about Finland's DC opportunity

Google purchased an abandoned 60-year old paper mill in Eastern Finland in March, 2009, and so far has invested EUR 800 million transforming it into one of the world’s most modern data centers.

This represents Finland’s largest ever greenfield foreign investment. Finland is attracting other big data center investments as well. A total of five investments already have been announced, including marquee names such as Microsoft and Yandex.

This report is designed to illustrate the Finland’s still little understood giant data center opportunity. In order to reap the full upside, the country will need to engage in a heightened discussion about how to preserve and market its present advantages, mobilize its impressive innovation and education systems to build an effective data center ecosystem and mini- mize the risk that legislation in Finland and in the European Union would deter further data center investments.

For more information, download the report below, prepared by Oxford Research and commissioned by Google.

Job generation & data centers

Does the data center inustry generate many jobs?
Well, the biggest need for labor is during the construction process. Once completed, data centers don't require giant staffing. Today, around 100 people work in Facebook's first hallway.

Accourding to a report commissioned by Facebook, the establishment of the company in Luleå would generate 9 billion SEK and 4,500 full-time jobs over a ten year period. In another report, commissioned by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, the result is around half of those numbers.

"I think the truth lies somewhere in between the two reports", says Tor Björn Minde, Adjunct Professor at Luleå University of Technology. "There are those who are critical regarding the fact that data centers generates so few jobs, compared to, for example, the steel industry." "However, then I say, find another profitable industry that can create as many jobs as data centers then. Let's use the energy we have to create growth instead of selling it to Germany"  says Tor Björn Minde.

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