Last year, Rittal TS Enclosures and LCP high density cooling products were selected as the infrastructure solution for a single event - the DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for the development of emerging technologies for use by the military, sponsored this first ever Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC).
Although Southern California is almost as well known for its earthquakes as it is for sunshine and movie stars, the most powerful quakes are relatively rare. Scientists believe the last mega-quake to hit the region was an 1857 magnitude 7.9 quake. The U.S. Geological Survey recently revised its estimate of how soon the next magnitude 8.0 or greater earthquake is likely to strike California, raising the chance of a mega-quake hitting California within the next three decades from about 4.7% to 7%. A magnitude 8.0 quake would produce 89 times more energy than the 6.7 Northridge earthquake of 1994.
However, California is far from the only state at risk of seismic damage. This map illustrates the various Telcordia Technologies (formerly BELLCORE) risk zones, classified from 0 to 4. Zone 0 has no earthquake activity, while significant earthquake activity is to be expected in zone 4. Enclosures designed for use in earthquake-prone zones must be designed with the stability and strength to withstand extreme dynamic loads, especially where the enclosures house active components.