30 May '16, 2am

Singapore to trial world's first tropical data centre

Singapore to trial world's first tropical data centre

SINGAPORE: The Republic will conduct trials on the world's first tropical data centre (TDC) in the third quarter of this year, announced Communications and Information Minister Dr Yaacob Ibrahim on Monday (May 30). The trials are aimed to prove if data centres can function optimally at temperatures of up to 38 degrees Celsius and ambient humidity of up to or exceeding 90 per cent. Currently, data centres are cooled to between 20 to 25 degrees Celsius, and kept to within 50 to 60 per cent relative ambient humidity for safety. Thus, a data centre's main operating costs go towards energy consumption to maintain such controlled environments. In 2012, data centres accounted for 7 per cent of Singapore's energy demand, and are projected to reach 12 per cent of total energy demand by 2030 due to continued growth of data centres based here. According to estimates from the Infocomm...

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