Northern Data AG

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Northern Data AG
HeadquartersFrankfurt am Main, Germany
Area served
Key people
  • Aroosh Thillainathan (Chief executive officer)
  • Mathis Schultz ((Chief financial officer)
  • Andreas Lange (Chief technology officer)
  • Eerik Budarz, Dr. Bernd Hartmann & Marc Schönberger (supervisory board)

Northern Data AG is a multinational corporation headquartered in Frankfurt that specialises in Supercomputers solutions.[1]


Northern Data AG was brought into being through a Mergers and acquisitions of Germany Northern Bitcoin AG and United States Whinstone US, Inc..[2] The former was specialised in Bitcoin network mining and building mobile Data center for Supercomputer , mostly using their units in the Norway Lefdal mine data center, powered by renewable energies.[3] The latter was establishing and operating data centers, for example in the United States, Sweden and the Netherlands. The merger was announced in November 2019 and completed in early 2020.[2]

In April 2020 the company acquired Canada Kelvin Emtech Group, also specialized in data centers.[4] Customers associated with Northern Data AG include companies such as Canaan Inc. or SBI Crypto.[5][6]

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 the market for HPC data centers expanded.[7] Many homeoffices were set up due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns and Travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Videotelephony became common and Pharmacy and medical research require a lot of computing power.[1][7]

Northern Data AG is an Aktiengesellschaft and listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.[8]

Products & services

Northern Data provides solutions for Supercomputer with stationary and mobile High tech Data center[9] The data centers are set up and controlled with artificial intelligence and self-developed software and offer multiple times the performance of regular computers.[1][10]

As of 2020, Northern Data AG is building the world's biggest HPC data center in Rockdale, Texas.[3] It is supposed to amount to an power output of up to 1 Watt by the end of 2020 and 3,6 GW by 2023.[11] With one of the concerns for HPC data centers being power consumption, Northern Data focuses on sites with access to Renewable energy sources. In Texas, huge amounts of power are generated through Wind farm, offering cheap and renewable energy.[3] It is financed by the customers who can rent computing power from these HPC centers.[6]

Besides the center in Rockdale, Northern Data i.a. operates mobile data centers in the Lefdal mine data center, a former olivine mine in Lefdal (Norway).[12] Located next to a Fjord, the mine provides optimal conditions for running a data centre with renewable energy from Hydroelectricity and water cooling from the nearby Fjord.[13][14][15]

The company's Computer hardware and software technologies are designed for uses in blockchain applications, artificial intelligence, Streaming media, Self-driving car as well as scientific and engineering endevours, among other things.

External links

Offical website


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Klaus Boldt (May 14, 2020). "Wie Corona einer Frankfurter Firma zum weltgrößten Rechenzentrum verhilft" (in Deutsch). Die Welt. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Georg Pröbstl (February 14, 2020). "Northern Data – jetzt auf die Prognose setzen" (in Deutsch). Handelszeitung. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Arno Balzer (January 3, 2020). "Diese Firma hat bald ein größeres Rechenzentrum als Amazon und Google" (in Deutsch). Die Welt. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  4. "Northern Data AG übernimmt kanadischen Rechenzentrumsspezialisten Kelvin Emtech Group" (in Deutsch). Yahoo. April 28, 2020. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  5. Dena Altdörfer (February 2, 2020). "Northern Data zieht mit Canaan weiteren Partner an Land" (in Deutsch). Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 ""Ich will den Vorsprung ausbauen"" (in Deutsch). Focus Money (magazine). April 29, 2020. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Marian Kopocz (April 29, 2020). "Northern Data - Neue Computer-Welt" (in Deutsch). Focus Money (magazine). Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  8. "Frankfurt Stock Exchange - Northern Data". Retrieved June 10, 2020.
  9. "Northern Data vor dem erfolgreichem Zusammenschluss mit Whinstone US" (in Deutsch). February 10, 2020. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  10. "Company website". Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  11. "Northern Data - Enorme Schubkraft" (in Deutsch). May 20, 2020. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  12. "Northern Bitcoin: Nicht nur der Name ändert sich" (in Deutsch). January 9, 2020. Retrieved June 10, 2020.
  13. Mirko Dölle. "Reingewaschen - Umweltfreundliches Bitcoin-Mining statt Kohlestromveredelung" (in Deutsch). Heinz Heise. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  14. Rolf Obertreis (July 29, 2018). "Fjordwasser für grüne Bitcoins" (in Deutsch). Der Tagesspiegel. Retrieved June 10, 2020.
  15. "Die Stromjagd der Bitcoin-Branche" (in Deutsch). Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. March 29, 2018. Retrieved June 9, 2020.

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