Fiery, Metal-Melting Explosions at NSA Data Center Stump Investigators

The mysterious conflagrations have delayed the opening of the million square foot facility by a year

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This is view of the National Security Agency new data center being built in Bluffdale, Utah, U.S., on Thursday, July 4, 2013.

The NSA’s new data-storage center in Utah has suffered a series of mysterious meltdowns in the past year.

Officials told the Wall Street Journal that 10 fiery explosions, known as arc-fault failures, have ripped apart machinery, melted metal and destroyed circuits. The repeated meltdowns have delayed the opening of the one-million square foot facility by 12 months.

Investigators have not yet determined the root cause of the electrical failures, nor have they agreed upon a solution that could prevent the explosions from happening again.

[Wall Street Journal]

7 comments
martin.gradwell
martin.gradwell

It seems that the NSA is still trying to emulate a Dan Brown fiction, "Digital Fortress", with absolute 100% fidelity.

(SPOILER in that book an increasingly crazed NSA deputy director keeps the super-supercomputer running because of the supposed importance and urgency of the decryption task it is working on, despite it being on emergency backup power which is insufficient to power the cooling system, with predictable results. In particular, metal does melt.)

solarwizardry
solarwizardry

I'd be surprised if this were true.  I suspect it has more to do with the NSA trying to take the heat off their massive worldwide crime spree revealed by Snowden's files.  At any rate, I'm sure their ability to snoop on the entire planet hasn't been diminished one bit (or is it 'byte'?). 

mrxexon
mrxexon

This gives you some insight as to how much power this facility is going to suck. It means there are world class super computers. Several of them. And I'm betting the most important ones are shielded in concrete bunkers far below ground.

I feel safer already. And more broke.


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TerryConklin
TerryConklin

I hope none of my "meta data" was killed in the blast.

gaskaggs
gaskaggs

"Thermite". Used in classified datacenters to destroy hard drives.

callen34
callen34

Isn't that pretty close to Area 51?

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