Facebook reveals its datacentre secrets

Facebook is sharing some of the secrets that help make the custom-built servers and power systems in its Prineville, Ore., datacentre among the most efficient in the world.

Facebook this month revealed some of the secrets behind its new next-generation datacentre, an IT facility in rural Prineville, Ore., that some experts say is one of the world's most efficient.

As part of the company's Open Compute Project, Facebook officials released specifications for the datacentre's custom-built rack-mounted servers , which they said weigh less and use more-efficient power systems than most others do. The company also disclosed its methods for cooling racks of servers without air conditioning.

The technical details are posted on the OpenCompute.org website hosted by Oregon State University's Open Source Lab.

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