Lunar Supercomputer Data Center

Data centers can be located in many places: old chapelsshopping malls, old particle accelerator silos and all kinds of underground bunkers. Proposals have been floated for containers in caves, data centers on floating barges and servers mounted on hovering drones. Now  USC doctoral student Ouliang Chang proposes a sci-fi solution to a real-world data overload challenge. NASA controls its interplanetary satellite missions through the Deep Space Network (DSN), a ring of huge satellite dishes in California, Spain and Australia. But the massive amounts of data traffic being sent to NASA is growing at a rate the current set-up can’t handle. Chang has proposed that one way to ease the strain would be to build a supercomputer and accompanying radio dishes on the moon.

Chang says a lunar supercomputer, built on the far side of the moon and set in a deep crater near a pole would protect it somewhat from the moon’s extreme temperature swings, and might let it tap polar ice for cooling. Having a supercomputer on the moon would ease the load on terrestrial mission control infrastructure. Additionally, the moon-based dishes could work in unison with those on earth to emulate one huge telescope.
Would it really work? Read more here!