FAA Selects Elliptical Mobile Solutions' Micro-Modular Data Center for
Commercial Space Travel Research
CHANDLER, Ariz., March 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Science fiction
enthusiasts' dream of commercial space travel is a little closer to becoming a
reality thanks to the R.A.S.E.R. HD Micro-Modular Data Center, designed by
Elliptical Mobile Solutions (EMS).
As commercial aviation companies prepare to usher in an age of space tourism,
there remain a number of challenges, according to a case study prepared by EMS
Channel Partner, Nor-Tech. Regulatory bodies such as the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) must conduct extensive research and collect data to
establish safeguards for the emerging industry. One area of concern is the
amount of radiation passengers and crew will be subjected to as they reach
altitudes up to 100 km above Earth.
In order to conduct radiation propagation studies, the medical research arm of
the FAA required a High Performance Computing (HPC) solution that could
function securely in the field, outside of the data center and in varying
physical conditions. Due to security concerns pertaining to the work being
done on this Super Computer system, it was required that the system not be
connected to the Internet, according to the case study.
Nor-Tech was selected by the FAA to develop an HPC solution to conduct its
research, due to its extensive experience and innovation in the field of
portable and ruggedized clusters. Additionally, Nor-tech's proposal was the
only one among the major Tier 1 manufacturers that came close to the FAA's
budgeted price for the solution.
Through a two-and-a-half year collaboration with the FAA's medical doctors,
physicists and engineers, Nor-Tech designed a portable data center with an
emphasis on reliability, security, storage capacity and rack density. This was
accomplished using the R.A.S.E.R. HD, populated with a cluster of Intel XEON
processors and Seagate Constellation series disk drives.
According to Dom Daninger, Nor-Techs's VP of Engineering, "A unique
requirement for this project was the high density of computing that was needed
due to limited deployment space. EMSassisted Nor-Tech with the design of the
R.A.S.E.R. HD cabinets which can handle up to 80KW of power for each 42U
enclosure. This gives Nor-Tech an unprecedented density of computing. The
enclosure's robust liquid cooling system allows it to be completely sealed
without the risk of overheating."
"We are pleased to have been selected by the FAA and Nor-Tech to be a part of
this groundbreaking research study," said Tony Cole. "At EMS we are always
pushing the boundaries to develop data center solutions that save money, time,
energy and space. Commercial space travel research is just one more boundary
we look forward to advancing."
ABOUT EMS:Since its founding in 2005, Elliptical Mobile Solutions has
reinvented the data center industry using cost-effectiveness, energy
efficiency and high availability as its guiding principles. Today, EMS has
Micro-Modular Data Centers in the United States, Canada, England, South Korea,
Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Nigeria, and South
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CONTACT: Stephanie Jones Trotto
Elliptical Mobile Solutions
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