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posted by hubie on Tuesday November 22, @10:53PM   Printer-friendly
from the server-crash-and-burn-means-something-different-now dept.

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/341033-eu-mulls-putting-data-centers-in-space

The world's ever-increasing reliance on the internet comes at a physical cost. Data centers, which fulfill the vital role of housing and maintaining core computer services and data, are a central element of any operation that relies on digital resources. They're also physically large; as an organization grows, it does, too. Eventually, organizations are forced to consider not only where to put their data centers, but also how to power them efficiently and how to mitigate their emissions.

In recent years, we've started to stick data centers in deserts or in the middle of the ocean. Deserts present few service-disrupting natural disasters and tend to provide plenty of solar power; the ocean, as with Microsoft's Project Natick, helps keep data centers cool. But desert data centers are still land-intensive, and no Earth-based data centers are without their emissions...the key word, of course, being "Earth-based." The European Union thinks it can beat this challenge by sending data centers into space, and it's already working on testing this theory through a $2 million study called ASCEND.

Advanced Space Cloud for European Net zero emission and Data sovereignty (ASCEND) is the brainchild of the EU and Thales Alenia Space, a European aerospace company. The study's goal is to explore the feasibility of placing data center stations in low Earth orbit (LEO). [...]

If ASCEND is successful, the resulting technology could contribute to Europe's goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 under the Green Deal.


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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by captain normal on Wednesday November 23, @01:30AM (2 children)

    by captain normal (2205) on Wednesday November 23, @01:30AM (#1281185)

    The commute would be terrible.

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  • (Score: 2) by looorg on Wednesday November 23, @02:00AM

    by looorg (578) on Wednesday November 23, @02:00AM (#1281189)

    but think of all the miles you'll be getting on your cc.

  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Wednesday November 23, @03:24PM

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday November 23, @03:24PM (#1281286) Journal

    The ping times would be more terrible than commute times. At least during the commute there would be space toilets or diapers.

    The technicians adjusting the knobs to control the ping times might accidentally on purpose turn the knob too far and get slightly negative ping times. How long this would go undetected would be a mystery. Whether or not anyone would need to modify ping implementations to correctly report timings under these conditions is unknown.

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