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First three Microserverd handed over

The first three Dome microservers were handed over to Philips Drachten, Sensor City Assen and the University of Technology Eindhoven during an official presentation conducted by Henk Brink, Deputy of the Province of Drenthe, on 19 November. It is one of Dome’s showpieces.

Deputy Henk Brink

The microserver (new generation very power efficient datacentre hardware) is faster and more energy efficient than a usual server. The little box does not need much space. It is four to ten times smaller than a conventional server. And because of some special tricks, such as cooling with hot water instead of air, it uses very little energy.

Right after its first steps outside the laboratory, the three microservers will get three different purposes. Philips Drachten, Sensor City Assen and the University of Technology Eindhoven will use the microserver, each in a different way.

Gert Jan van den Braak

Gert Jan van den Braak of the TU Eindhoven says: “At the TU Eindhoven we are going to develop the microserver further, we want to make the microserver more easily accessable to the SME’s. We will also integrate the microserver into a new method which we expect will enable data centres to operate faster and greener”.

Jan Post

Prof. dr. ing. Jan Post of Philips Drachten: “The microserver can help us to be more efficient, microservers can help us to make our robots more efficient and more competitive. We want our robots to be more flexible, actually we want our robots to be as flexible as humans.”

Jan Reitsma

Jan Reitsma of Sensor City Assen: “At Sensor City Assen we are looking for something that can handle large amounts of data. Besides we are looking for a way to produce new mobile nodes. We think that the microserver can help us here.”

This is what Dome is all about: finding a way to turn big data into something that is reliable, accessible and environmentally friendly. Dome research will affect many things we deal with every day, in private or at work.

Dome was created to build a mega telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The SKA allows us to catch even the faintest remnants of radiation from just after the Big Bang, 13.7 billion years ago. The SKA will produce an unrivalled daily flow of data. Too much for current systems and techniques to handle. The innovations needed for such a superior computer system will have applications in many other industries and sectors. Presenting the microserver to these three parties will help further innovations.