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Facebook's Server Room, Penthouse Cooling Caught On Video

timothy posted about 3 years ago | from the sounds-scandalous dept.

Data Storage 47

1sockchuck writes "We've seen specifications and photos of Facebook's new data center in Oregon. Data Center Knowledge now has video tours of Facebook's server room and cooling system. The tours, conducted by Facebook Director of Datacenter Engineering Jay Park, showcase the Open Compute Project designs for servers, UPS units and two-tier 'penthouse' cooling system design."

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Datacenterknowledge (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35875358)

Slashdotted. This Is 2011.
Should make for some fun comments.

Re:Datacenterknowledge (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35877656)

With fifty billion dollars, even you could get laid. And Penthouse Pets would be your *rejects*.

They "had" a video... (5, Funny)

jeffmeden (135043) | about 3 years ago | (#35875396)

Sadly, the video of Facebook's massive server array was not hosted on facebook's massive server array. Instead, it was hosted on a P3 600mhz with a rockin SCSI-II hard drive. Yay, progress.

Re:They "had" a video... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35875416)

Now we know why they have to build a new data centre!

Re:They "had" a video... (3, Funny)

blair1q (305137) | about 3 years ago | (#35875428)


Got to love when a site called "datacenterknowledge.com" can be slashdotted at dinnertime...

Re:They "had" a video... (2)

sortius_nod (1080919) | about 3 years ago | (#35876098)

No idea why you were marked troll. If you're going to claim to be an authority on datacentres, maybe actually host your site on a decent one.

Re:They "had" a video... (1)

blair1q (305137) | about 3 years ago | (#35883010)

No idea why you were marked troll.

Both I and the OP were marked -1 Troll. I'm betting someone from datacenterknowledge.com had mod points when they logged into /. to figure out why /. domains were DoS'ing datacenterknowledge.com.

Re:They "had" a video... (1)

blair1q (305137) | about 3 years ago | (#35883028)

Wait. That wouldn't work. /. isn't a proxy. They must've been logged in to check on their spam.

Funny (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35875424)

Penthouse always made me hot.

It might be /.ed, but (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35875446)

I have a diagram of Facebook's systems:

Re:It might be /.ed, but (1)

JonySuede (1908576) | about 3 years ago | (#35875578)

I wont go there

Re:It might be /.ed, but (1)

Vectronic (1221470) | about 3 years ago | (#35875800)

I went there, it was full of hi-res penis.

Re:It might be /.ed, but (1)

JonySuede (1908576) | about 3 years ago | (#35875862)

that's it, no mutilation, no old gay man, no goatsee ?

If so you Slashdot trolls are mellowing!

Re:It might be /.ed, but (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35876148)

We've turned into concerned citizens and historians. Be assured, under some interpretation, this image of a gradually erecting penis is analogous to Facebook growing.


Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35875614)

Wake me up when we see some quality engineering that rivals Digital Equipment Corporation designed and fab'd on America,
not this beautician crap from people that use slave labor while diminishing the value of American labor.

Notice how all technology today is replacing American-printed phonebooks, increasing surveilance, removing key infrastructure and American jobs,
and without trading reciprocity to Chinese laborers?

At least other countries BUY food from America. heh.

amd cups are made in germany and other places (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | about 3 years ago | (#35875756)

amd cups are made in Germany and other places

Re:amd cups are made in germany and other places (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35876576)

Is that the new Ceramic fabrication process, or the Styrofoam fab?


Hazel Bergeron (2015538) | about 3 years ago | (#35878520)

Buying from a country with fewer freedoms and labour protections than your own is morally equivalent to implementing those conditions in your own country. The moment this fact is codified in some legal principle, the world will be a much better place to live.

Over under 60%? (2)

SirFozzie (442268) | about 3 years ago | (#35875636)

Clicked on this article because they thought "Penthouse Cooling" had to do something with the smut mag? :)

Direct link to video: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35875648)


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half way there (1)

TravisHein (981987) | about 3 years ago | (#35875808)

now if only their software and application stack could run as efficiently as their data center to not require so many servers.

Re:half way there (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35876620)

Yes, but they were "more productive" chunking it out in some interpreted code! They didn't have to spend time actually thinking and just had some premade framework do all the work!

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Irony: Skynet wakes up on facebook servers (1)

fregare (923563) | about 3 years ago | (#35876106)

Once skynet awakens it will to get people in a vegetative state a la MATRIX. They'll be too busy twitting and updating facebook pages to realize that they live in a hydroponic garden like a plant with IV's keeping them alive. Our yewt is social but have no fscking brains LITERALLY.

1.5U (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 3 years ago | (#35876214)

Well 1.5U is the idea I found most applicable to the kind of work I do. I really hate the compromises at 1U. 1.3U seems to be on the market too. Anybody here have experience ordering stuff via Alibaba? There are some cases available Stateside but it's mighty pricey.

Man what a burn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35876426)

From the headline, I thought that Spacebook and Guccione's zine had merged.

i can't help but feel ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35876702)

this is such a waste of energy and resources ... for what? so that people can post pictures about their cat? and what happens when facebook goes the way of friendster? does this datacenter become a wasteland? how do you properly dispose of so much junk?

Re:i can't help but feel ... (1)

ender- (42944) | about 3 years ago | (#35876736)

this is such a waste of energy and resources ... for what? so that people can post pictures about their cat? and what happens when facebook goes the way of friendster? does this datacenter become a wasteland? how do you properly dispose of so much junk?

No. Then some other lucky company gets the deal of the century on a lightly used, modern datacenter.

I was all excited when (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35876792)

I read "penthouse", then I saw that it was about facebook servers.

Well (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35876950)

Let the state of the comments under this article stand as a lesson as to what many of us think of the barrage of Facebook stories.

Is that efficiently managed? (1)

SluttyButt (264722) | about 3 years ago | (#35877140)

I wonder if anyone does an organic computation of the efficiency rate for operating these server farms.

I believe the operating costs (taking in risks factor as well) are too high for the actual benefits (for humankind) - much like nuclear plants. Why does mankind has to slave for machines that serves up imaginary values in their lives?

Re:Is that efficiently managed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35877814)

Oooh, listen to Stalin here, telling us about how we should rewire our society for efficiency.

No thanks, go peddle it somewhere else.

Re:Is that efficiently managed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35877922)

I, too, think Facebook is the ultimate waste of time unless you are selling something. I guess that is the main problem I have with it, that most people are socially 'selling themselves' in terms of their own ideals of popularity and comparison/competition. We like to compare and contrast each others lives so much to try to get a clear picture in our head of where we stand in life. This is our lives nowdays, too busy to call people back, so eventually we lose touch with them. But now we can pretend they are important enough to call them again, or at least send an email or PM. I'm sick as hell of all the press it gets, and how much money they've made off such a pointless social media fad. Wow we must be in the 21st century, all my friends are on the internet now, who'da thunk it?

People seem to love the fact that they can 'get in touch with old friends' i.e say hi to them once, then spy on their lives and feel like they have more close friends than they actually do. I really never understand why so many people adopted it, when myspace was the SAME EXACT CONCEPT but 'not for adults' for some reason... Bah. I personally liked myspace a lot better since I could host my music there as well, Facebook is huge but still too cheap for that even with a massive data center (which is SOLELY DESIGNED TO HARVEST YOUR INFO FOR ADVERTISING IN WAYS BARELY IMAGINABLE). But social networking is the type of thing that can only keep me occupied for an hour a month at the most anyway, and after a couple of months I am completely bored with it. Real life > *. But the masses love it, go figure. I see it as what the creators probably now see it as.. another advertising revenue with a few years left to live. All software and hardware have a life cycle. Facebook is in the same boat and eventually many will probably look back and question its popularity the same as I do now.

Also I love how anyone who disagrees with you is Stalin. Who's the facist who thinks no one else should have a difference of opinion?

spam not only in email but now as /. articles? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35877830)

oh thanks, another place full of spam now...

Please, filter articles for spam, we don't need 20 facebook articles per week!

HVAC (1)

tys90 (1123511) | about 3 years ago | (#35882614)

As an HVAC engineer I was interested in the cooling design and then subsequently disappointed. The system is very simple, which is good. However, the only reason it can be that simple is the local climate. This type of cooling system would have a lot of trouble operating in nearly all of the U.S. The location in Oregon is unique because it has both relatively cool temperature and dry humidity extremes. At many other locations they would need some way to cool and dehumidify, which evaporative cooling cannot do. It could work in a hot and dry climate but you might end up using a LOT of water.

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