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Kick-off for Cloudberry Research Center

Published: 21 November 2018

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.

The research center has had a kick-off meeting in Luleå. At the meeting, everyone was able to get acquainted with each other and to know what is going on in the various subprojects. Around 25 project participants met and participated in the meeting, which ended with a study visit to RISE SICS North. Cloudberry will continue until 2022 and involves 13 PhD students from 7 research subjects at the university.

– It feels great to get started for real. We have been fighting for a long time to get this project and now it's really flying, says Karl Andersson, Project Manager, Associate Professor of Distributed Computer Systems and Deputy Operations Manager at the Center for Distance-Spanning Technology (CDT).

Cloudberry Datacenters are actively working with gender equality and diversity that contribute to a creative and attractive research environment.
- When we advertised for postgraduate students, nearly 300 applications came in. In total, Cloudberry has recruited six women and seven men to these doctoral positions that will lead to sought after skills, says Paula Wennberg, Project Manager at CDT and at Cloudberry Datacenters.

The research center will both strengthen the competence within the data center industry as well as to contribute to reduced energy use through the development of new methods for energy- and resource-efficient data centers.

– The best way to bring new knowledge quickly to the companies is for them to participate, side by side with the researchers. It's fun to see the interests of companies, big and small, in the subprojects, says Michael Nilsson, Project Manager at CDT and at Cloudberry Datacenters.