Periola, A.; Alonge, A.; Ogudo, K. Space Habitat Data Centers—For Future Computing. Symmetry2020, 12, 1487.
Periola, A.; Alonge, A.; Ogudo, K. Space Habitat Data Centers—For Future Computing. Symmetry 2020, 12, 1487.
Data from sensor bearing satellites requires processing aboard terrestrial data centers that use water for cooling at the expense of high data transfer latency. The reliance of terrestrial data centers on water increases their water footprint and limits the availability of water for other applications. Therefore, data centers with low data transfer latency and reduced reliance on earth’s water resources are required. This paper proposes space habitat data centers (SHDCs) with low latency data transfer and that use asteroid water to address these challenges. The paper investigates the feasibility of accessing asteroid water and the reduction in computing platform access latency. Results show that the mean asteroid water access period is 319.39 days. The use of SHDCs instead of non-space computing platforms reduces access latency and increases accessible computing resources by (11.9% – 33.6%) and (46.7% – 77%) on average respectively.
Space Habitats; Data Centers; Computing Platforms Asteroids
ENGINEERING, Electrical & Electronic Engineering
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.