As part of our Y! STAR Program (Yahoo! Servers to Academic Researchers) we donated 44 servers to the Centre for Ocean Energy Research at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUI Maynooth). These machines will enable research that was impossible before in data-intensive computing and will be crunching data on renewable ocean wave power.
The donation is part of Yahoo!’s Y! STAR program (Yahoo! Servers To Academic Researchers) under which Yahoo! is refurbishing and donating decommissioned servers to university researchers. Over 1,500 servers have already been donated to 23 top universities in the U.S. and four universities in Switzerland through the Y! STAR Program, but NUI Maynooth is the first university in Ireland to receive a shipment. We are thrilled that these machines are helping with cutting-edge research in our community, and look forward to continuing our efforts with the Y! STAR Program!
Dan McCarthy from Yahoo! said: “Greater collaboration between top researchers and Yahoo! scientists and engineers around the world is a vital part of Yahoo!’s efforts to create inspiring and entertaining experiences for our users. I’m thrilled that these machines are having a second life here in Ireland and helping with cutting edge research.”
Ronan Costello, Assistant Director at the Centre for Ocean Energy Research National University of Ireland Maynooth added “This donation from Yahoo! will allow calculations that will lead to lower cost of renewable energy, contributing to a sustainable future. The hardware will be used to optimise the techno-economic performance of ocean wave energy conversion through an integrated analysis of the engineering, marine operations and economics. The research aims to provide a step change reduction in the cost of energy provided by wave energy conversion technologies. Such optimisation calculations are extremely computationally intensive and have only recently become practical but have already shown dramatic results.”