Tor Björn Minde
ICE, the Infrastructure and Cloud research & test Environment, was inaugurated in January 2016. The facility is open to use primary for European projects, universities and companies. However, customers and partners from all over the world are welcome to use ICE for their testing and experiments.
The ICE mission is to contribute to Sweden being at the absolute forefront regarding competence in sustainable and efficient datacenter solutions, cloud applications and data analysis. This will be accomplished by increasing innovation capability, helping product and service companies excel, as well as attracting more researchers and companies to Sweden to make the business branch even stronger nationally.
The current facilities are situated in an old storage facility located within walking distance of Luleå University of Technology. There are three different modules, open for testing and experiments, along with a demo space that can fit 50+ persons.
The first module, a stable environment optimized for testing of IT/cloud-related applications and big data handling, has been running since February 2016. Measurement data from equipment and sensors is collected for modeling, simulation and optimization. The server infrastructure of module 1 is based on Dell SmartEdge RX730xd and is enhanced with GPU acceleration. On top of that Openstack and Hadoop data storage are offered.
The second module is more flexible in its physical setup and is therefore optimal for testing of facility/utility innovations. It is fitted with quick couplings for power, water and network to enable easier exchange of equipment. The server infrastructure contains both Dell servers and Open Compute v2 servers.
Other areas of the area consists of: