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BMW Moves Supercomputing to Iceland

Over at TechWeek Europe, Peter Judge writes that BMW has moved its HPC datacenter to Iceland to be powered by renewable energy and save around 3600 tons of carbon emissions per year. In a world connected by high-speed fiber, has the need for local computing resources gone the way of the dodo?

BMW tested the network connections from Munich to Iceland, said Jeff Monroe, CEO of Verne Global. “The test results were a critical factor in their decision to place production systems in Iceland.”

Another Icelandic advantage is guaranteed prices. “We can offer customers a low, inflation-protected rate for up to 20 years – a significant consideration in light of rising long-term electricity costs in Europe, the UK and US.”

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