#2343: StorageStoreys

I visited a supercomputer facility today which was located, for historical and security reasons, near the top floor of a tall building.

Today’s invention is inspired by the idea that, in the event of fire, or earthquake, a giant bank of servers and storage would all be destroyed (even if the data were backed up elsewhere).


So, imagine a supercomputer built into a purpose-built lift car, together with its cooling supply and electrical power supply.

This would allow the computer to be easily located at different levels within a building (by plugging into a network hub located near the lift shaft on different floors).

In the event of a fire, this lift would automaticaly disconnect, seal the doors and travel downwards. At ground level, the entire car would run out of the building, on rails, to a safe distance.