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Yahoo invents ‘chicken coop’ data centre design

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Yahoo is touting a data centre design which it says is based on 'chicken coops'. According to yahoo chief David Filo, Yahoo's new data centre in Lockport, New York will feature a new design that the company has dubbed the 'Yahoo! Computing Coop'.

“For data centre geeks, we expect our Lockport, NY, data centre design will have an annualised average PUE (power usage effectiveness) of 1.1 or better,” Filo wrote. “To achieve that, we've come up with a unique building design that we call the Yahoo Computing Coop (because it looks like something chickens live in), which is angled to take advantage of Buffalo's microclimate, using 100 percent outside air to cool the servers.”

The Yahoo Computing Coops will be metal prefabricated structures measuring 120 feet by 60 feet, according to the Buffalo News. The company plans to use five of these structures in its Lockport complex. Apparently, each of the coops will have louvre (or horizontal slates) walls to allow free cold air to flow into the area housing the computer equipment and cool the servers.

Indeed, Yahoo has even rotated the complex about 10 degrees clockwise in order to make sure it can take advantage of prevailing winds during the months it needs the cooling. The newspaper also said that each of the coops will have a peaked roof, with a “penthouse” running along the top of the structure to manage the release of waste heat from the hot aisle.

The Lockport data centre will also apparently be predominantly powered by renewable hydroelectric power from Niagara Falls.

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