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Fostering Innovation For High-Performance Computing (HPC)

Join Us For Our HPC Series


Skybox Houston One Data Center - an Element Critical Property

March 22nd, 2023 on 7x24's International Data Center Day 

When: Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Where: 22000 Franz Road, Katy Texas 77449

Time: 2 pm to 4:00 pm

Lunch Will Be Served

Event Details

About The HPC Series

High-Performance Computing (HPC) applications are becoming mainstream for computing infrastructure as new and innovative technologies like AI and machine learning require higher computing and denser storage levels to process massive data sets.

To prepare for the workloads of the future, supercomputing investments, and cooling innovation is underway, and we are thrilled to gather leading industry experts at this unique event.

Cooling systems are critical components of data centers and the IT environments they support. Advancements in liquid-cooling is transforming what has been possible when cooling these specialized data center environments while offering immense strides in efficiency. 

Imagine the immense possibilities. Armed with this knowledge, you can help your organization keep up with data volumes and leverage energy-hungry technologies by taking a deeper look at these efficiency initiatives. 

Let's Do This.

High Density Cooling Innovation



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Why Attend?




Meet with industry leaders in immersion cooling technology, next generation chip manufacturing, and data center engineering experts at this unique event. Join us to collaborate, learn about advanced cooling in action, and to see what data centers able to support HPC environments look like.

Hear all about the newest innovations that power the most technologically advanced and critical workloads. Liquid-cooling is changing the IT infrastructure landscape - meeting high-density and HPC computing demands. Unlock new business opportunities and join us for educational speakers, and featured data center tours.  


Dereje Agonafer
Shane Menking - Element Critical

Keith Gray 

Keith is a recognized leader in HPC and in the Oil & Gas industry. For the last 22 years he led the High-Performance Computing team at BP. Keith was recognized by HPCWire’s “People to Watch” in 2006. He is on the Organizing Committee for the Energy HPC Conference by the Rice Ken Kennedy Institute and the Steering Committee for the HPC User Forum.

Dereje Agonafer 

Dereje Agonafer is a Presidential Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He heads two centers and is “Site Director of NSF IUCRC in Energy Efficient Systems” and Director of “Electronics, MEMS and Nanoelectronics Systems Packaging Center.”


Shane Menking 

As a resident of Austin, Texas, Shane Menking serves as Element Critical’s Chief Operating Officer.  He brings over 20 years of experience to this role, where he will continue to solve IT barriers for Element Critical’s customers while making the company’s high-performance data centers a valued choice for enterprise and hyperscale clients.



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DUG is an ASX-listed technology company, headquartered in Australia, that specialises in analytical software development and reliable, green, high-performance computing (HPC). The company is built on a strong foundation of applied science and a history of converting research into practical, real-world solutions. DUG delivers innovative software products and cost-effective, cloud-based HPC as a service backed by bespoke support for technology onboarding. DUG’s expertise in algorithm development and code optimisation enables clients to leverage big data and solve complex problems. DUG is a global company with offices in Perth, London, Houston, and Kuala Lumpur, supporting a diverse industrial client-base that includes radio astronomy, biomedicine, and meteorology as well as the resources, government, and education sectors. DUG designs, owns, and operates a network of some of the largest and greenest supercomputers in the world. The company continues to invest and innovate at the forefront of software and HPC, working towards a climate-positive future


Location: Skybox Houston One Data Center - an Element Critical Property

HPC environments require data centers designed to support high-density power configurations and advanced cooling systems. 

With expertise in supplying ample power reliability and customizable space for complex cooling infrastructure and liquid cooling installations, Skybox Houston One stands ready to support the growth of these advancing technologies.


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About Element Critical

Element Critical is among the fastest-growing data center service providers in the United States, with locations in Chicago, Austin, Houston, Silicon Valley, and Virginia. Led by an executive team comprised of industry veterans, the company boasts an expanding portfolio of hybrid-ready facilities in strategic markets across the country and a steadfast commitment to meeting the diverse needs of today’s business and technology leaders. For more information, visit

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