RISE SICS North inaugurated an upgrade of the research datacenter in Luleå, making the facility one of a kind in the world. This is the first time, a test facility combines an edge module, a micro grid for power and cooling, and a 5G testbed network connection. Here, companies and researchers can make use of the large-scale data center environment to do real-life tests and develop future solutions and applications. The facility was inaugurated by Norrbotten County Governor Björn O Nilsson.

The idea is based on the 5G vision. That with low latency radio we can enable compute very close to the users for use cases like off-loading, control, aggregation, inference etc and that in a network of edge (small) datacenters. Maybe container size, half a container, one rack or even wall mounted nodes. This will be spread out in a city and need to be well integrated in and interact with the city infrastructure of power distribution and thermal distribution (heat/cold). Then there is an opportunity to a have small micro grids of power and heat/cold connected to the edge datacenter for off-grid operation, load balancing, delivery of power and heat back to the local city grids. To study, experiment and demonstrate this we have built a edge test datacenter with two micro grids and a 5G testbed connection.

The datacenter module is from Boxmodul, the racks from ENOC, the micro grid controller from ABB, the solar panel system from Eitech, the battery storage from  Northstar, the panels from Fracksystem, the cooling system from Swegon, the thermal storage tank from Boroe, the bendable pipe system from Bensby rostfria, loading cones from IVA and the connectors from CEJN.

The digital transformation of Swedish society and industry is a major challenge. Capability to take advantage of this change will  be of great importance for Swedish competitiveness. It will be used to create global technology leadership. The increasing digitization and automation enable many aspects, from technology to business. Digitization means increased use of IT services, the Internet of Things, 5G data communication, data storage and data processing. This will result in large investments and an increased need for development of skills for Swedish industry and societal organizations.

The research data center ICE is an open research and testing facility, which enables academic and industry R&D projects to verify solutions within a full-scale IT infrastructure (data center environment). The facility contributes to increased innovation capacity that helps the industry and attracts researchers who make Sweden’s brand even stronger. The purpose of ICE is to contribute to Sweden being at the forefront of knowledge and technology in sustainable and efficient data center solutions, cloud services and data analysis.