Hessian politicians visit energy-efficient "Green IT Cube" at GSI and FAIR
The energy-efficient high-performance computer center "Green IT Cube" and the progress of the FAIR project were the central themes of the visit of the Hessian politicians Martina Feldmayer, Kaya Kinkel and Ursula auf der Heide from Bündnis 90/Die Grünen at GSI and FAIR. They were received by Dr. Thorsten Kollegger, the Head of the IT Department of GSI and FAIR, and Dr. Ingo Peter, the Head of Public Relations of GSI and FAIR.
The visit of the politicians was part of an information tour to several computer centers in the state of Hesse. Hessian Parliament Representative Martina Feldmayer is deputy chairwoman of the parliamentary group Bündnis 90/DieGrünen, spokeswoman for environmental and climate policy and a member of the parliamentary committee for the environment, climate protection, agriculture and consumer protection as well as the main committee. Member of the Hessian State Parliament Kaya Kinkel is spokeswoman for energy and economic policy and deputy chairwoman of the parliamentary committee for digital affairs and data protection and member of the parliamentary committee for economic affairs, energy, transport and housing. Ursula auf der Heide is member of the town council of Frankfurt and deputy chairwoman of the parliamentary group Bündnis 90/Die Grünen in the council. She is also a member of the city's committees for environment and sports as well as for economic affairs and women.
The "Green IT Cube" on the GSI/FAIR campus is one of the most capable scientific computing centers in the world. At the same time, it sets standards in IT technology and energy saving: Thanks to a special cooling system, it is particularly energy- and cost-efficient. Instead of air, the computers are cooled with water. Therefore, the energy required for cooling is less than seven percent of the electrical power used for computing. In conventional data centers with air cooling, this relation amounts to 30 up to 100 percent. The innovative cooling system also enables a compact and space-saving design. Scientists use the "Green IT Cube" at GSI and FAIR to carry out simulations and develop detectors for FAIR. They also evaluate measurement data from experiments at the accelerator facilities of GSI and FAIR.
After visiting the "Green IT Cube", the guests had the opportunity to inform themselves about the current status of the FAIR construction project and to view the ongoing work on the 20-hectare construction site, from the completed sections for the central ring accelerator SIS100 to the excavation pit for the first of the future large-scale experiments. (BP)