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High-Performance Research Computing Center at Princeton University

Plainsboro, New Jersey

Situated on Princeton’s Forrestal campus, this 47,000 square-foot project is the new home to powerful research computers capable of such highly technical tasks as generating models of galaxy formation and simulating the seismic forces of an earthquake. With 12,000-square-feet of data center, the facility houses two configurations:  tier II for administrative services and tier I for high performance computing, to provide resources for 214 researchers from 57 faculty research groups across 15 academic departments. Designed to reduce energy usage, many sustainability measures were employed, including cooling louvers, cooling towers, and a gas-powered backup generator with a co-generation feature that harnesses waste heat to chill water.