#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.

One Comment:

  1. I should also have said that by moving the machine from floor to floor occasionally, it could be used as an effective spaec heater, rather than dumping the rejected energy direct to the atmosphere.

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