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Fermilab Grid Computing Center


Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) is a U.S. Department of Energy-funded national laboratory whose mission is to advance the understanding of the fundamental nature of matter and energy by providing leadership and resources for qualified researchers to conduct basic research at the frontiers of high energy physics and related disciplines.

The Fermilab Grid Computing Center (GCC) is a 16,000-square-foot data center building containing computers, networking and data storage robotics with related power and cooling infrastructure, which serve the computing needs of the laboratory's research programs. Frontier computing techniques such as grid and cloud computing are employed to optimally utilize large clusters of computers and storage. These systems are connected using high-speed networking to other facilities at Fermilab and across the world to collect, archive, process, simulate, and analyze data from global scientific programs.

GCC has 255 rack spaces for high density computers, providing between 10 and 15 kilowatts per rack. Energy efficiency measures include separate hot and cold aisles, cold aisle air containment, blanking and threshold panels on racks, elevated cold aisle temperatures, overhead cabling, cold air supply under raised floors with air conditioners ducted to hot air layer near ceiling, matching air conditioning to temperature sensors in front of computer racks, and using UPS units with greater than 90 percent efficiency.





Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by US Department Of Energy or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Federal Building

Building Owner:*
US Department Of Energy

Property Manager:*

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2018 (89)
2017 (84)
2016 (85)
2015 (87)
2014 (80)
2013 (77)
2012 (76)
2010 (76)

Facility Type: Data Center

Total Floorspace: 16107 sf

Year Constructed: 2008

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 3-Load Reductions
   Stage 4-Fan Systems
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant
   Other Technologies/Strategies