NewsSustainable and environmentally friendly supercomputers in IcelandAugust 4, 2022

A new Icelandic company is following a sustainable path in offering large-scale cloud hosting in the cloud service market in partnership with the US company Rescale. The project is in collaboration with Origo and Borealis Data Center and a new company called Responsible Compute will be established around it.

Rescale, a global leader in the cloud supercomputing market, has begun a collaboration with a new Icelandic company, Responsible Compute, to offer sustainable HPC ( High Performance Computing) cloud solutions powered by Icelandic renewable energy. Responsible Compute is the joint venture and Origo and Borealis Data Center.

The cloud solution is tailored to customers' needs and can run both small and large-scale algorithms on new HPC infrastructure. Responsible Compute's services will benefit Rescale's customers around the world who wish to take advantage of sustainable solutions.

Housing leaves a deep environmental footprint

Data centers and hosting accounts for about 2% of the global greenhouse gas emissions each year, which is similar to what the entire aviation industry produces annually. These emission levels are estimated to rise to 3% by 2025. The computing power used by scientists to conduct high-level research is believed to cause more pollution than anything else in their work, including travel, flights and other resources. Leading international companies are now competing to come up with sustainable ways of doing business in order to reduce their impact on the environment.

High performance computing critical to science

The importance of high-performance computing for research and development is increasing day by day. Organizations are therefore looking for ways to increase operational efficiency, reduce environmental impact and increase accuracy in the analysis of factors that affect environmental protection and sustainability.

We predict continued growth in the demand for sustainable hosting solutions. Rescale intends to meet that demand with tools that enable our customers to control the cost and performance of their cloud solutions, while ensuring aspects that affect sustainability and environmental protection.
We predict continued growth in the demand for sustainable hosting solutions. Rescale intends to meet that demand with tools that enable our customers to control the cost and performance of their cloud solutions, while ensuring aspects that affect sustainability and environmental protection.

says Joris Poort, CEO and founder of Rescale. Rescale is a US company that specialises in serving enterprises that use high computing power through HPC cloud solutions in international markets. For example, car manufacturers increasingly rely on HPC services for car design, crash testing, engineering design and much more.

Data centers powered by Icelandic hydropower

Responsible Compute, a joint venture between Origo and Borealis Data Center, will offer HPC infrastructure services in Borealis data centers which are powered by environmentally friendly energy sources and cooled by environmentally friendly means. Borealis Data Center builds and operates some of the world's most sustainable data centers which are run on renewable, low-carbon electricity. Favourable long-term electricity contracts reduce risk and increase operational efficiency.

Blanda Power Station - Marino Thorlacius/LandsvirkjunBlanda Power Station - Marino Thorlacius/Landsvirkjun

Today, Borealis Data Center's data centers host various services for international customers that require around 60 MW of power at two locations in Iceland. The data center in Blönduós gets most of its electricity from the Blanda Power Station, which generates 150MW of renewable electricity through hydropower.

Responsible Compute's mission is to provide sustainable HPC infrastructure services with the best possible carbon reporting available, based on recognized and standardized calculation methods. This enables our customers to reduce their environmental footprint, assess emissions trends and weigh possible options towards carbon neutrality.
Responsible Compute's mission is to provide sustainable HPC infrastructure services with the best possible carbon reporting available, based on recognized and standardized calculation methods. This enables our customers to reduce their environmental footprint, assess emissions trends and weigh possible options towards carbon neutrality.

says Kristján Hafsteinsson, Managing Director of Responsible Compute.

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