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Meta to build $800 million, AI-first data center in Indiana

Meta to build $800 million, AI-first data center in Indiana

Meta to build 0 million, AI-first data center in Indiana

Facebook parent company Meta will build one of its first data centers dedicated to generative AI workloads in Jeffersonville, Indiana, creating roughly 100 operational jobs and about 1,250 in construction work at a cost of $800 million.

The new data center, which Meta expects to be operational by 2026, was announced yesterday by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and Meta executives. According to a statement issued by Indiana’s Economic Development Corporation, the data center will be powered solely by renewable energy sources.

Covering a total of almost 700,000 square feet, Meta’s new data center will be among the company’s first to be designed first and foremost with AI workloads in mind, according to a company spokesperson. Its hardware will be a mix of custom, in-house silicon and GPUs, and feature high-density racks, along with colocation of servers with the network (servers and networking equipment will share the same physical infrastructure).

“This also enables efficiency in our fiber deployment, because we need a significant [amount] of fiber to interconnect these servers,” said Meta infra data center global engineering director Alan Duong, in a presentation on the company’s data center plans last year.

The facility will also feature direct-to-chip liquid cooling, similar to the liquid cooling loops available in enthusiast desktop PCs, but on a grand scale. Such cooling systems are said to be more cost-efficient than either immersive liquid cooling or air-cooling technology.

In exchange for siting the new data center on 619 acres of land in Jeffersonville’s River Ridge Commerce Center, Meta will receive a 35-year sales tax exemption from the state of Indiana – a time period which can be extended if the company decides to expand its data center plans for the area.

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