Kremlin-friendly tycoon and aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska created one of the largest farms that mines bitcoins. The data center is located near his aluminum plant in Siberia.

Bitriver, the largest data center in the former Soviet Union, was opened just a year ago, but has already won customers from all over the world, including the United States, Japan and China. The company rents a building near the Bratsk aluminum plant and near the hydroelectric power station that supplies this plant. The power of the Bitriver data center is about 100 megawatts per year.

Bloomberg published photos of the data center. There are racks three floors high inside the building with computing machines located on them. The air cooling system stretches along the entire length of the building. According to Bitriver, there are currently more than 20,000 mining machines working in the data center, with the capability to host 67,000 units.

A team of engineers works 24/7 in the data center. They monitor the functioning of specialized integrated circuits (ASICs) and power supplies. In order not to suffer from constant noise from working computers and cooling systems, data center employees wear protective headphones. Most engineers have been trained at major mining equipment manufacturers such as Bitmain and Innosilicon.

 

“On top of the power supply, another thing that makes Bratsk an ideal place for crypto is the Siberian climate with its long and cold winters. Low temperatures are good for the data center equipment,” Bloomberg reports. Apart of climate bonus, the data center receives cheap electricity from the Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station that also is owned by Oleg Deripaska.

Russian billionaire came up with the idea of ​​creating a powerful data center in Bratsk about 5 years ago. But information entered the public space only two years ago. According to the article in the Vedomosti newspaper published in early 2018, En+ was preparing to sell about 1 billion rubles in electricity to Siberian crypto miners.