Get ready guys for I’m gonna take you on an amazing ride in an ingenious project by Microsoft
50% of us live near the coast, why doesn’t our data?
What is project Natick about?
An underwater project of testing the feasibility of datacenters at subsea level.
Coming to a more fundamental question of what a data center is.. It’s where all the servers are housed processing data as we speak, generating tons of heat. To cool off the heat, heavy air conditioning is required else servers crash bringing our life to a standstill.
Now this ingenious idea of putting them underwater not only cools off the heat but when used along with turbines(driven by sea currents) could generate electricity!
It not only solves the problem of ever mounting demand for power but also comes with a bonanza!!
It was no more than an idea by Sean james who served on a US submarine and datacenter employees of Microsoft before the seniors decided to go ahead with it in 2013.
It is the first prototype named after Microsoft’s Halo video games series.
It is a large white steel tube, covered with heat exchangers, with its ends sealed by metal plates and large bolts. Inside is a single data center computing rack that was bathed in pressurized nitrogen to efficiently remove heat from computing chips while the system was tested on the ocean floor for 105 days, placed 30 feet underwater in the Pacific Ocean off the Central California coast near San Luis Obispo. The trial is said to have proved more successful than expected.
The next one is supposed to be off the coast of florida.
As of now, it’s capable of staying under water without maintenance for a period of 5 years and a lifespan of 20 years after which can be recycled.
One of the most mind blogging aspect is the harvest of electricity from the movement of seawater. This could mean that no new energy is added to the ocean and, as a result, there is no overall heating. Microsoft engineers asserted an “extremely” small amount of local heating of the capsule.
It’s no surprise that Microsoft has come up with something like this, but the difference is seeing it in action makes all the difference. Microsoft for a reason:)