(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Is a Google data center setting up shop in San Francisco Bay? Various media reports have tied a four-story barge to the tech giant.
And while some have speculated the large object may be some kind of Google Glass store, a more reasonable explanation can be found if you take a look back to 2009.
According to a CNET report, at the time, Google filed a patent for such a facility. It was something that the patent described as a “water-based data center” with a “system [that] includes a floating platform-mounted computer data center comprising a plurality of computing units, a sea-based electrical generator in electrical connection with the plurality of computing units, and one or more sea-water cooling units for providing cooling to the…computing units.”
The barge itself is said to be an impressive 250 feet long and 72 feet wide and is based off of Treasure Island.
So is it really a data center? Theoretically, Google could use the water to cool its data center servers – providing max efficiency. Whether or not it really is a data center, however, remains to be seen. We’ll keep an eye on this one.