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Triple award for GSI Green IT Cube



The architecture firm ttsp hwp seidel and GSI were recently awarded first prize in the category of “Data Center Blueprints” at the DataCenterDynamics Awards in London for their novel and highly energy efficient “Green IT Cube” located at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH in Darmstadt, Germany. Moreover the team was awarded two second place prizes by the well-known and respected event for Europe, the Middle East and Africa with a jury consisting of expert decision makers in the profession.

The Green IT Cube computer center is financed by the German federal and state governments via the Helmholtz Association. After the completion in 2015 it will be the central supercomputing center for the “Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe”. This is the world’s biggest fundamental research project in this decade. The international project that is under construction next to GSI includes a scientific community coming from 40 different states.

Compact design, high efficiency and low investment costs

The category „Data Center Blueprints“ is known as the most prestigious of the awards as the projects are supposed to serve as a general reference and to be replicable.

The Green IT Cube Computer Center was honored for its compact, space saving  design, high operating efficiency (OPEX) and economy with regard to investment costs (CAPEX). These advantages can be realized independently of location and varying availability and lead to considerable cost reduction over the total cost of ownership.

The awards applicants from Germany’s Rhein-Main area left such competitors as Digital Reality, one of the world’s biggest data center providers, and Infinity empty handed. Computer centers based upon the GreenITCube design have been distinguished by the DCD for the sixth time now within the last three years, which demonstrates the sector’s high regard for this visionary technology.

„Reliability is our highest priority when it comes to computer centers but at the same time building and operation costs are becoming more important,” said Professor Volker Lindenstruth, head of the GSI IT department.

Second place in the categories Public Leadership and IT Optimization

Aside from blue-ribbon honors in the category „Blueprint“, the GSI’s Green IT Cube was awarded second place in the categories “Leadership in the Public Sector”, just behind the City of Madrid and for “Innovation in IT Optimization” after the French Customs Authority.

“We are very proud of this spectacular triple award given to our Green IT Cube by the sector’s experts”, says Horst Stöcker, scientific director of GSI. “This innovative computer center concept is one of our Helmholtz technology transfers ‘out of fundamental research into industry’. We expect it to bring tremendous advantages to numerous branches (internet service providers, banks, industry) by saving space, investment costs und a significant amount of energy.”

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The GSI GreenITCube prototype is located at the GSI.
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