Google patents mobile datacenter in a shipping container

Google has received a patent from the USPTO for the concept of a "mobile datacenter" stored in a standard shipping container and equipped with multiple racks of high-powered servers with its own internal cooling system.The patent, which was originally filed on December 30, 2003, by Google employees William H. Whitted and Gerald Aigner, sounds very […]

Google has received a patent from the USPTO for the concept of a "mobile datacenter" stored in a standard shipping container and equipped with multiple racks of high-powered servers with its own internal cooling system.

The patent, which was originally filed on December 30, 2003, by Google employees William H. Whitted and Gerald Aigner, sounds very similar to Sun's Project Blackbox, which currently exists in real life and not just on paper. One difference in the patent is that whereas Blackbox consists of a single mobile data center, Google's idea is for "at least one modular computing module" with "an interconnecting module to interconnect a plurality of the modular computing modules."

Other than that, many of the aspects of the design are similar: configurable rackspace for servers with human access, an integrated power and cooling system to feed the beast, and the configuration of the shipping container for transport. According to Robert Cringely, the idea may have originally come from Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive, as a way of replicating the archive around the world.

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