The National Center for Atmospheric Research supercomputer facility in Wyoming recently won top honors for its environmentally friendly design.
The center’s NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center in Cheyenne won first place in the facility design implementation category in the 2013 Green Enterprise IT Awards from the Uptime Institute, sponsored by Sabey Data Centers. The center will accept the award in May.
The awards are meant to recognize projects and innovations that improve energy use and savings. The center — which houses the powerful Yellowstone supercomputer — was built in large part with construction waste bound for landfills or recycling, uses heat from the supercomputer to warm its inside air and is partially powered by wind turbines.
“Nearly 10 years of planning and hard work went into designing this facility to be as sustainable as possible, and it is gratifying to have the facility in production use and be able to share what we’ve done,” said Aaron Andersen, deputy director of operations and services at NCAR’s Computational and Information Systems Laboratory, in a news release. “We hope this facility advances the entire industry.”
The center is operated by NCAR on behalf of the National Science Foundation and University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.