Microsoft Built a Datacenter at the Bottom of The Pacific Ocean

Building a datacenter can be a costly and time-consuming endeavor, but the latest project from Microsoft may have solved quite a few problems all at once. Typically it can take two years to build a datacenter on land, and even then you’ll find that they need to be built quite far from built-up residential areas and city centers, which then leads to increased latency for users. Then you’ve also got the issue of cooling the datacenter, as all that hardware generates a lot of heat and the cost of cooling it can quickly become a headache. Microsoft’s solution to all of this? Build the datacenter at the bottom of the ocean!

While it may seem like a wacky idea, it’s pretty clever. The ocean water is a very efficient way of cooling the datacenter and it’s passive too, so there are no ongoing running costs for the cooling as there would be in a building that used air conditioning systems. Microsoft said that during their testing, they observed no heading of the marine environment beyond a few inches of the device, so there should be no major impact from these units.

Microsoft’s Project ‘Leona Philpot’ was deployed about 1 kilometer off the pacific coast, where it stayed for 105 days and worked perfectly. Having it deployed in water like this means that it can be located close to populated areas, reducing latency and not taking up valuable land space around cities. What better, for Microsoft at least, is that these units can be deployed in just 90 days, much quicker than land-based datacenters. Microsoft’s researchers are already working on a follow-up to Leona Philpot, where they will deploy a unit three times the size and perform further tests. It will be interesting to see how well these datacenters perform and if they’ll become more popular than the current land based ones although we suspect that may not be for a long time.

Pacific Rim 2 Delayed Indefinitely

Pacific Rim, a film inspired the hit anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, featuring mankind fighting for its survival in giant mechs called Jaegers in response to the threat of giant aliens. The hit film was released several years ago now and was directed by Guillermo del Toro, however, it may seem like its sequel has hit a monster even bigger than the ones it shows on screen.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Pacific Rim 2, set for release in August 2017 and was scheduled to start filming in November, has halted indefinitely. In most cases it tends to be that large films like this may be delayed, but more and more in recent years, this is signs of bigger troubles and struggles, which often lead to the film never making it to your local cinema.

The initial rumours for the budget stood at around $190 million, a little over Jurassic Worlds $150 but still short of films like the Avengers: Age of Ultron which had a whopping $250 million budget. The original film didn’t do great taking in only $101 million at the box office, a nice figure that was only just over half of the films development costings. The success comes from Legend noticing how much it succeeded in China, with support gathering not only for a second film but the second was rumoured to be building up towards a third.

Were you excited about Pacific Rim 2? How did you find the first film? Would you see Pacific Rim 2 in the cinema or would it be a DVD buy several months later?

Pacific Rim 2 Release Date Published

Pacific Rim, Robots vs Aliens on an unholy level; has made waves in the Sci-Fi genre since its release back in 2013. Well its sequel, Pacific Rim 2, has been pushed back a few months; from its initial release date of April 7 2017 to August 4 2017. This delay is only a tiny amount in the grand scheme of things and a delay can only mean good things for the final product quality.

PR2 Director Guillermo del Toro stated that the film will be a direct sequel to the events of the first movie, continuing its focus on the main characters of Raleigh and Mako, Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi respectively.

“The characters I love will return. Raleigh, Mako, Newt, Gottlieb and who knows, maybe even Hannibal Chau – but we are taking them into a fresh territory that will display amazing sights and battles. The first film set the stage and now we’re ready to have a blast,” del Toro said last June.

The news follows an update from Universal that it’s Warcraft movie is facing a delay from March 2016 to June 2016. I personally can’t wait for the release, I loved the original film; I kept talking myself into the new Godzilla installment was a prequel. Are you looking forward to the film? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to IGN for providing us with this information