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A collaboration with SICS, Swedish ICT, is started to establish a research center for Big Data.

Plans for major investment in research about data centers

Published: 9 February 2015

A new research environment for large-scale data centers and an investment for at least 200 million SEK and about 20 new jobs are being planned in Luleå. SICS Swedish-ICT has started preliminary plans together with Luleå University to build a new experimental facility under the working title SICS ICE.

- If upper Norrland is to become a leading region for the data center industry and boost growth nationally, this research center is a necessity, says Tor Björn Minde, senior business developer at LTU Business AB and project manager

SICS ICE (Infrastructure and Cloud Environment) is an initiative that aims to establish a core of research expertise for the growing data center industry in Sweden. The new center will act as support for research on cloud storage and big data, building energy efficient buildings and to develop energy-efficient software.

Support from Luleå University of Technology
The project has been going on for about six months. If funding is secured, it means expansion of the area at Luleå University of Technology and Luleå Science Park as a brand new facility, big as a football field, will be built.

- Luleå University of Technology supports the project wholeheartedly and several of our strong research and innovation areas are involved. The new large experimental plant is planned to be operational in 2017, before that a small scale start is planned in the autumn of 2015, says Birgitta Bergvall Kåreborn, Vice Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology.

Will contain 5000 servers

The vision is that the research environment should correspond to a 2 MW data center, which means at least 5000 servers. The estimated investment is at least 200 million SEK and is believed to create 20 new jobs.

- If many data centers see the benefits of establishing themselves in upper Norrland, the need for technicians and engineers will grow dramatically. The test facility is being built to ensure that future need, says Tor Björn Minde, senior business developer at LTU Business AB.

Contact for more information:

Tor Minde

Tor Minde, Adjunct Professor

Organisation: Signal Processing, Signals and Systems, LTU Business AB, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering