BMW Group - Germany

BMW Group - Germany

Claim To Fame: 

BMW Group moves high performance computing applications (HPC) to Iceland to benefit from 100% renewable, affordable data centre power, reducing annual carbon emissions by 3,570 metric tons and cost of powering its HPC applications by as much as 82 percent.

BMW Group
Organisation Type: 
Large Enterprise
Michael Brown
Main benefits & Achieved Results : 

- High performance computing (HPC) applications tcarbon neutral, due to a dual sourced renewable powered data centre campus in Iceland;

- Reduce annual carbon emissions by 3,570 metric tons; the equivalent of the carbon produced by burning 1.46 million litres of petrol;

- Reduce the cost of powering its HPC applications by as much as 82 percent;

- Improvement the reliability of its HPC operations while strengthening the company’s commitment to environmental initiatives

- Affordable, reliable and sustainable infrastructure.

Presentation of the initiative: 

BMW Group moved its high performance computing (HPC) applications to Verne Global’s 100 percent, dual sourced renewable powered data centre campus in Iceland. The deal will see BMW move a number of power-hungry applications to the Verne Global facility, including crash simulations, aerodynamic calculations and computer aided design and engineering (CAD/CAE), all of which are critical to the development of BMW’s next generation of energy efficient vehicles.

HPC is traditionally associated with high power consumption and carbon emissions, due to the need to both power and cool the high density servers required to run these applications.

“Companies are facing a mounting challenge to keep both their data centre power costs and carbon emissions in check,” said Jeff Monroe, CEO of Verne Global. “Particularly those involving power intensive computing such as HPC. By moving its applications to Verne Global, BMW is showing there are alternatives available today that address the unpredictable and fluctuating power prices found throughout the world and simultaneously reduce their carbon footprint in a very meaningful way.”

Commitments for the future & other relevant information: 

BMW Group has firmly established environmental and social sustainability throughout its value chain. The company is committed to the principles of the United Nations’ Global Compact, whichare being implemented at all companie's locations since 2001.

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