Ever wonder where all that info about your past relationships and ‘friend-iversaries’ is stored?
It lives at least partly in a little town called Luleå in northern Sweden, which lies just 70 miles south of the Arctic Circle and is home to Facebook’s first data centre outside of the United States.
There are some pretty awesome things happening here: large fans to pull in the cold outside air to cool the thousands of buzzing servers, a dozen hydroelectric plants on nearby rivers provide reliable, renewable power to the six football field-sized building, and it’ll probably be the set of the next great sci-fi movie. It was also conceived on a napkin.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared a collection of photos from the company’s Luleå data center yesterday to showcase “the most advanced technology Facebook is building around the world,” more of which will be released over the coming months.
The cold aesthetic perfectly reflects its environment: