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March 28, 2013

Micro-Modular Data Center from Elliptical Mobile Solutions Selected by FAA for Commercial Space Travel Research

By Joe Rizzo, TMCnet Contributing Writer

Elliptical Mobile Solutions (EMS) is a company that was founded in 2005. Using a combination of cost-effectiveness, energy efficiency and high availability as its guiding principles, EMS has reinvented the data center industry.

Currently, EMS has Micro-Modular Data Centers in the United States, Canada, England, South Korea, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Nigeria and South Africa. EMS is the only company to build Micro-Modular Data Centers at the rack level with onboard closed loop cooling, adaptive suspension, security and fire suppression. Its product line fully replicates the features of traditional, containerized and cloud data center.

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At the same time, the products offer dramatic benefits and savings.

The age of more regular space tourism is getting closer to being a reality. Science Fiction aficionados have aspirations of taking that shuttle craft into space, and now, with the help of EMS’ R.A.S.E.R. HD Micro-Modular Data Center, that vision is drawing nearer.

The R.A.S.E.R. HD Micro-Modular Data Center is 42U, high-density, hyper-efficient Micro-Modular Data Center, capable of cooling fully redundant IT loads from 20 to 80 kilowatt hours (kW). The enclosure uses pre-engineered closed loop, or re-circulated cooling with zero bypass airflow.

It also features fire suppression and electronic security, as well as environmental monitoring.

According to a case study prepared by EMS Channel Partner (News - Alert), Nor-Tech, regulatory bodies such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) must conduct extensive research and collect data to establish safeguards for the emerging industry. One area of concern is the amount of radiation passengers and crew will be subjected to as they reach altitudes up to about 62 miles above the Earth.

The FAA has a medical research section, and in order for it to conduct radiation propagation studies, the group requires a High Performance Computing (HPC) solution that could function securely in the field, outside of the data center and in varying physical conditions. According to the case study, security concerns pertaining to the work done on this Super Computer system necessitate that the system is not to be connected to the Internet.

Through a two-and-a-half year collaboration with the FAA's medical doctors, physicists and engineers, Nor-Tech designed a portable data center. The emphasis was on reliability, security, storage capacity and rack density. This was accomplished using the R.A.S.E.R. HD, populated with a cluster of Intel XEON processors and Seagate (News - Alert) Constellation series disk drives.

"A unique requirement for this project was the high density of computing that was needed due to limited deployment space. EMS assisted Nor-Tech with the design of the R.A.S.E.R. HD cabinets which can handle up to 80KW of power for each 42U enclosure,” said Dom Daninger, vice president of engineering at Nor-Tech. “This gives Nor-Tech an unprecedented density of computing. The enclosure's robust liquid cooling system allows it to be completely sealed without the risk of overheating."

The FAA selected Nor-Tech to develop the HPC solution because of its extensive experience and innovation in the field of portable and extremely rugged clusters. Nor-Tech was the only one among the major Tier 1 manufacturers that came close to the FAA's budgeted price for the solution.




Edited by Braden Becker