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Sweden's Minister for Higher Education and Research, Helene Hellmark Knutsson and Niklas Nordström, Mayor of Lulea (s) invigade SICS ICE in Lulea, located next to Luleå University of Technology and emphasized the new data center's importance for Swedish research. Photo: Katarina Karlsson View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Data center next to the university ready for research

Published: 8 April 2016

Today, the first section of the world's first open data center for experimental research and innovation, SICS ICE, was inaugurated. The data center is an initiative of SICS North Swedish ICT and Luleå University of Technology.

– A close collaboration between the university and SICS should lead to success both in research funding and in research, says Johan Sterte, Vice Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology.

The new data center will serve as a support for research on cloud storage and Big Data. The center will be able to handle the future’s data explosion – it's about being able to analyze information from extremely large amounts of data. Once the center is complete in 2018, it will be equivalent to a data center with at least 2 megawatt and at least 5000 servers.

– The first module we are now inaugurating consists of 152 servers, says Jonas Gustafsson, operations manager at SICS North Swedish ICT.

– Both universities and the industry are already interested in this pilot. With this pilot we demonstrate that the concept works. Research is already underway and there is more to come.

Luleå University of Technology has participated in the data center's entire build-up process. The university has, among other things guaranteed a certain reservation and several research subjects hope to soon be able to use the new research environment.

– The establishment consolidates the Luleå region as Sweden's center for data centers, says Johan Sterte.

– For Luleå University of Technology’s part, the center has great importance in many areas of research. Of course within data and computing, but also in areas such as construction engineering, energy engineering and fluid mechanics.

Fredrik Sandin, Associate Professor of Industrial Electronics, sees many interesting opportunities in the data center. Not least in the research fields of machine learning methods and sensor technology.

– Hopefully the data center will serve as a resource for research projects in which we are studying proprietary methods for advanced data analysis in wireless sensor networks and data centers, says Fredrik Sandin.