Working in conjunction with Phaeton and Flow Resources of Western Australia, Atomic 6 have developed a rapidly deployable, off-grid data centre.
Where others are cramming off-the-shelf servers into shipping containers and then plugging them into the power point, we have revolutionized the way that data can be managed.
Data consumes a heap of power - so the task of getting an off-grid data centre is significantly harder than it seems. Here are the issues:
1 - Data centre needs to be powered 24/7 - the sun and wind is only available for periods of the day or week.
2 - Data / servers or data mining consumes a heap of power
3 - Off grid means off-grid - NO connection to mains power.
Our solution has had to look at the entire equation of:
max power generation with set / limited amount of space m2 available (solar farm is not the solution)
reduce power consumption - we have completely redesigned the way a server operates.
seek alternative ways of cooling
seek alternative ways of powering
Additional surface area means additional solar harvesting. So a fully customised unit was developed which is made from aluminum honeycomb, steel frame structure (for robust lifting / crane) plus an expandable option that can be laid in a solar farm type assembly able to be deployed anywhere on the planet.
The packaged system has been designed to be able to be neatly rolled into a C17 Globemaster plane using built in caster wheels and hydraulic legs. 7 of these can be placed into a single flight for deployment. Given the unit comes with its own power and satellite internet, this makes for a perfect defense or disaster solution. Data, command centre, toilet block or medical.
There is a lot more about this that cannot be discussed in a public forum, so reach out to us to find out more about why this is so special.
One thing the IT sector doesnt seem to understand is that they need to reduce their power consumption. This is first done by looking at the way that PCs and servers are built. Without giving away too much, we have looked at this from a completely new direction:
open up the hardware (take out of the stupid steel cases which stop airflow) and design an airflow system using Venturi, negative pressure and natural air flow from outside.
Throw all the fans, LEDs and hardware that is not necessary into the bin, this reduces heat and power.
Have everything work of DC 48V - switched on people will figure out why...
Select very specific hardware and specs that give the performance requirements we specifically need.
The test system shown above shows the basic server only consuming 18watts of power. Approx. 70% of that power is driving the 240V power supply which is not being used for the deployable systems, only the test unit. At full processing power, this kick-ass powerful server is only consuming 800watts of power!
We will scale this up soon to see how big and powerful processing we can make this to fit within our target of a 3.8kW system which we can run 24/7 only using solar / wind produces by this one module. With 4 processors, shitload of RAM, basic GPU and 750TB of SSD storage (can have a lot more storage if client requires), this is super impressive.
The ONLY way this is possible, is because of the other super secret stuff we have as part of the facility to make this work.
As of early September 2021, we are awaiting the outer skin / solar / battery raw materials to arrive (next week) to complete this demonstrator.
The steel structure is completed, the server ready to party, this is very close to being available for production.
Another version we have developed is a multi-tower system for crypto mining. Where mass processing and as a result, mass power consumption is required. These towers have been designed to create mass air-flow in a combination of Venturi valves and syphoning of air from thermodynamics.
Above is a small scale demonstrator built to verify the concept. We are now looking to use this for rural residential houses to place sewer, water treatment and battery storage in a 4kW solar enclosure.