Member of the Hessian parliament Oliver Stirböck visits GSI and FAIR


Oliver Stirböck, member of the Hessian parliament, recently visited GSI and FAIR. One of the main topics was the energy-efficient supercomputing center Green IT Cube. He was welcomed by Professor Paolo Giubellino, Scientific Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, Dr. Ulrich Breuer, Administrative Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, Jörg Blaurock, Technical Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, as well as Dr. Helmut Kreiser, Group Manager DataCenter/Green IT Cube and Carola Pomplun from the Public Relations Department of GSI and FAIR.

Following introductory information on the status of the FAIR construction project, the campus development, previous research successes and current experiments, the FDP politician, who was accompanied by Patrick Schütz, staff member of his constituency office, was given insights into the research facilities at GSI/FAIR and the FAIR construction activities. Oliver Stirböck is his parliamentary group's spokesman for digitization, for European policy and for Frankfurt as a financial site.

One central topic of the visit was sustainable digitalization. During a guided tour of the Green IT Cube, the guests were informed comprehensively about the high-performance data center and its infrastructure. The Green IT Cube on the GSI/FAIR campus provides enormous computing capacities for experiments at the accelerator facilities of GSI and, in the future, FAIR. It 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. 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. The Green IT Cube has already received numerous awards, including the Blue Angel, the eco label of the German government.

After the tour of the Green IT Cube, the guests had the opportunity to learn about the large experiment HADES and the current status of the FAIR construction project. They were able to see the progress on the construction site directly from the viewing platform and to take a look at the 20-hectare FAIR construction site with the completed ring tunnel of the large accelerator ring SIS100, the heart of the future accelerator facility. (BP)