[vcf-midatlantic] Princeton data center visit

Evan Koblentz evan at vcfed.org
Thu Jun 27 22:49:10 EDT 2019

Only two or three people expressed interest in seeing the Princeton U. 
data center, and I had a different reason to be on their campus today, 
so I asked for a last-minute tour and my contact their obliged.

They have multiple data centers. Most of them are production IT. The one 
they showed me has some IT but mostly it's science:


I was blown away by how clean it is inside! :) It's almost mostly 
lights-out -- I only saw two employees during the 60-minute tour, and 
the lights went on/off automatically as we traversed the hallways.

Pictures (personal use only): http://tinyurl.com/y2n2g4se

The files called electric.jpg, standby.jpg, pipes.jpg, and overview.jpg 
are self-explanatory.

Financial.jpg is a cage with special security for one rack that's used 
with credit card transactions.

Super_hp.jpg is "TIGER" -- their HPE-designed supercomputer.

IBM_9.jpg is their newest machine under construction.

I spotted some interesting older equipment (can't say what yet) which 
might fit into VCF-land :), so hopefully we can make that happen.

Evan Koblentz, executive director
Vintage Computer Federation

evan at vcfed.org
(646) 546-9999

VCF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

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