18 Apr AI will not only change the way Data Centres (DC’s) are built, it’ll also likely impact where they’re built.
In our sector, being the Data Centre sector, AI will not only change the way Data Centres (DC’s) are built, it’ll also likely impact where they’re built.
One thing we can all likely agree upon is the rise of AI platforms such as ChatGPT, will require faster GPU based processors. Legacy Air Cooled DC’s built for general purpose computing aren’t capable of cooling GPU servers necessary for AI workloads. More AI means more DC’s, especially when traditional DC’s aren’t fit for purpose.
All this increases power and water consumption which exacerbates the sustainability issues that already impact the industry.
There’s consensus amongst industry experts that widespread adoption of AI will accelerate decentralisation of DC markets, driving development in new locations with lower power costs and greater renewable energy. Basic training, processing and storage of AI models also don’t need to be in super low latency locations, further enhancing these new location prospects.
This will likely see a push away from traditional hubs like Singapore, Silicon Valley and Northern Virginia, all of which are now heavily burdened by overdevelopment of unsustainable DC’s and new, emerging green DC markets will flourish as a result.
WA1’s location in Perth, with some of the lowest per MWh power pricing on earth, unmated availability of renewables & our AI enabled data halls with up to 48MW of Day 1 power is ideal for such purposes…