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About the data centre

The University of Groningen has an increasing need for reliable data storage and high-quality computing power. The current Rekenhal computing space at Zernike Campus is seriously out of date and will therefore be replaced. The construction of the new High Performance Computing (HPC) data centre at the UG has started in September 2020 on the Grouwelerie road. Technical service provider ENGIE Services is the main contractor and will carry out the building work together with construction contractor Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma. The data centre will likely open its doors in early 2022.

Impression of the new data centre of the University
Impression of the new data centre of the University

‘The existing Rekenhal computing space, built in 1971 and located between the Mercator and Duisenberg buildings, lacks space, cooling systems and energy supplies, and is not very energy efficient,’ comments Anke Breeuwsma, CTO of the University’s Center for Information Technology (CIT). At the same time, there is a strongly increasing demand for reliable and future-proof supercomputers. ‘By building this new centre, UG researchers and departments will be able to continue to use our cloud services and very high-quality computing power. In this way, CIT will remain an expert in research data. Such exceptionally strong infrastructure is important because it allows us to collaborate on major, ground-breaking research projects at an international level.’

The new data centre will be placed between Grouwelerie and Zernikepark
The new data centre will be placed between Grouwelerie and Zernikepark
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