Arctic and North

Research, Development, and Education: Laying Foundations for Arctic and Northern Data Centers

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Saunavaara Ju., Laine A.

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The global data center industry is a huge and rapidly growing sector. This growth has resulted in the development of significant data center clusters in various northern regions. Furthermore, the desire to attract new data center investments has been incorporated into regional development plans and strategies in different parts of the Circumpolar North. Although the policy-makers seem to have great expectations, they and the general public often know little about the industry, which consumes huge amounts of electricity and plays an immense role in the digitalization process that the world is experiencing. This article attempts to increase awareness, knowledge, and understanding of these matters among all relevant stakeholders by introducing data center-related research and development activities and education in the Arctic and the North, as well as research concerning the development of the data center industry in the cold, northern environment. After all, it is often argued that these particular conditions offer advantageous circumstances for the construction of environmentally friendly and sustainable data centers.

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Juha SAUNAVAARA, Ph.D., assistant professor 
Hokkaido University Arctic Research Centre and the Global Station for Arctic Research, Global Institution for Collaborative Research and Education, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

Antti LAINE, MA, Ph.D. 
Åbo Akademi University; CTS Enteg, Kotka, Finland

Keywords

data centers, communications infrastructure, information technology, Arctic, North

DOI

10.37482/issn2221-2698.2021.42.145

UDC

[332.1:004](98)(045)


     

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