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Facebook Builds Data Center Near Arctic Circle

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Facebook will be constructing a gigantic datacenter in Lulea, Sweden.

The city is located near the Arctic Circle and will be home to Facebook's first European data center. Lulea's sub-arctic climate will enable the company to take advantage of natural cooling resources with a climate that has short, mild summers and long, cold winters.

The data center will have a floor space of more than 900,000 square feet, which exceeds the size of 15 football fields. According to the town of Lulea, the facility will be built in three phases and eventually consist of three separate server rooms that are designed to handle a substantial portion of Facebook's data traffic. The completion date is targeted for 2014.

Facebook has been frequently criticized, especially by Greenpeace, that it does not make enough effort to achieve an efficient use of energy in its data centers and draw most of its power from coal power plants. The Lulea data center will consume power that is exclusively produced by water power plants and the natural climate should help bring down the power consumption quite a bit. Competitors, such as Google, use similar concepts: Google recently opened a data center in Hamina, Finland, which uses sea water for cooling its servers.

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    posteris , October 28, 2011 10:46 AM
    2 years later: Greenpeace will protest against Facebook servers, because they doubled ice melting rate
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    billybobser , October 28, 2011 10:34 AM
    Though latency and facebook together are not things that anyone cares about.

    Having 100+ ping on farmville isn't that critical
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    bin1127 , October 28, 2011 10:39 AM
    I think Greenpeace meant that Facebook is a waste of resources period.
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    Uberragen21 , October 28, 2011 10:31 AM
    Good for cooling, bad for latency.
  • 26 Hide
    billybobser , October 28, 2011 10:34 AM
    Though latency and facebook together are not things that anyone cares about.

    Having 100+ ping on farmville isn't that critical
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    bin1127 , October 28, 2011 10:39 AM
    I think Greenpeace meant that Facebook is a waste of resources period.
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    de5_Roy , October 28, 2011 10:45 AM
    cool idea for icebook.
    only if it could protect users from privacy leaks and malware better.

    apple called, they patented the arctic circle datacenter idea.
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    posteris , October 28, 2011 10:46 AM
    2 years later: Greenpeace will protest against Facebook servers, because they doubled ice melting rate
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    cyberkuberiah , October 28, 2011 10:53 AM
    de5_roycool idea for icebook.only if it could protect users from privacy leaks and malware better.apple called, they patented the arctic circle datacenter idea.

    rofl :) 
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    darkchazz , October 28, 2011 10:56 AM
    Translation:
    "Facebook will be constructing a gigantic datacenter in Lulea, Sweden, to store the private information that you have deleted"
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    officeguy , October 28, 2011 11:05 AM
    Correct me if I am wrong but I believe that is where the humans found the Predators while drilling a whole in the Artic Circle. Been awhile since I watch that movie. Just a side note to this artical :) 
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    alidan , October 28, 2011 11:23 AM
    officeguyCorrect me if I am wrong but I believe that is where the humans found the Predators while drilling a whole in the Artic Circle. Been awhile since I watch that movie. Just a side note to this artical

    never watched it predators, but do you mean the thing?

    that said

    didnt Greenpeace get hijacked by anti corperate people and loose its origional meaning...

    that also said, why not just build more nuclear power plants, take all of americas power cost down significantly, and make everyone but the most stupid of hippy happy.
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    4745454b , October 28, 2011 11:54 AM
    It's hole, not whole. And it was the Antarctic, not north pole. You can easily remember this because the guy with the camera was upset he didn't get to photograph the "PoR" North pole doesn't have a point of no return. (assuming you mean AvP here.)

    I too am surprised Greenpeace and others aren't upset about this. You would think it would increase melting rates. Should help with their electric bill however.
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    vaughn2k , October 28, 2011 12:04 PM
    posteris2 years later: Greenpeace will protest against Facebook servers, because they doubled ice melting rate

    And Facebook will bring down the some countries and continents under water...
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    3ddraft , October 28, 2011 12:27 PM
    Error 000: Your data request was terminated by an avalanche. There are no reported fixes for this bug. Please try again later.
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    synd , October 28, 2011 1:24 PM
    Error 503: The server is unable to handle the request due to an avalanche or a permanent too-fucking-cold weather, please try again in your next life.
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    pojk3n , October 28, 2011 1:31 PM
    Correct spelling of the city, Luleå.

    The bad, The Swedish government give 100 Million SEK , aprox €10-9 million to facebook for this. Could have been used elsewhere.

    To those thinking that it will accelerate the melting rate. Luleå does not intersect the north pole i.e. there is no ice caps around Luleå, it is far far away. So no melting of the ice caps, only snow.

    Latency: Dont be shitting me, Sweden have one of the best infrastructure when it comes to fiber optics and copper.
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    sharpless78 , October 28, 2011 2:32 PM
    3ddraftError 000: Your data request was terminated by an avalanche. There are no reported fixes for this bug. Please try again later.


    Avalanches on flat ground? That's a new one.
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    Anonymous , October 28, 2011 2:46 PM
    This will be finished in 2014? LOL. Facebook will be history in 2014. This data center will become a giant museum.
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    thaile4ever , October 28, 2011 3:09 PM
    pojk3nLatency: Dont be shitting me, Sweden have one of the best infrastructure when it comes to fiber optics and copper.


    It doesn't matter what infrastructure there is in Sweden, when we're talking about a trip from Europe to USA. The Transatlantic latency alone is ~80ms.
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    Ezence , October 28, 2011 3:50 PM
    thaile4everIt doesn't matter what infrastructure there is in Sweden, when we're talking about a trip from Europe to USA. The Transatlantic latency alone is ~80ms.


    If you're in the US it would most likely use a datacenter in the US. And it's not like 80ms is alot ^^.
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    the_krasno , October 28, 2011 4:21 PM
    greghomeHow long until some of them web giants decides to build one at the antarctic ?


    Never, it would violate several international treaties.

    4745454bIt's hole, not whole. And it was the Antarctic, not north pole. You can easily remember this because the guy with the camera was upset he didn't get to photograph the "PoR" North pole doesn't have a point of no return. (assuming you mean AvP here.)I too am surprised Greenpeace and others aren't upset about this. You would think it would increase melting rates. Should help with their electric bill however.


    It wouldn't increase melting rates unless they build it right inside a glacier.
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    nebun , October 28, 2011 5:45 PM
    Uberragen21Good for cooling, bad for latency.

    not necessarily true...by that time latency will be a thing of the past....they will make it work
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