Video Virtual tour

In this latest 3D video, we walk through the over 700 square meters of Leonardo‘s new white space in a virtual overview.

One of the things that immediately catches the eye when observing the room, which is a little less the size of two basketball courts, is the total absence of pillars: it was designed in this way not only to allow the comfortable housing of the 155 racks, but above all to ensure maximum flexibility for the structure in the eventuality of seismic events.

We can observe the 9 rows of racks, each one identified by the letters of the name Leonardo, where the computational heart of the supercomputer resides.

An essential component of any supercomputer is the interconnection that operates at all levels: between the processing units (PUs) inside each blade, between blades within the same rack and ultimately between racks.

The interconnection between all these elements is achieved through the 156 kilometers of tiffany blue fiber optic network cables, housed in the structure above the racks together with the power supply cables, which rise beyond the ceiling to the power plants on the first floor of the building.

Even the white room floor has impressive numbers. It was designed to support the 340 tons of the machine: to make a comparison, it is more or less as if more than 5,000 people were crammed into the space of the 9 rows of racks.

To make it resistant and at the same time allow the network of cooling pipes to reach the machines, 2,000 tons of iron and 500 micropillars were needed to hold up the foundations, and over 30,000 cubic meters of concrete, equal to approximately 3,000 tankers, were used.

Produced by Cineca with Blender software, thanks to the high-detail 3D models provided by Atos, this virtual tour gives us a preview of the white room, waiting for the opening of guided tours of the new datacenter.

The video was previewed during Leonardo’s inauguration and is now available on the official youtube channel.


  • Production: Cineca
  • Director: Giovanni Bellavia
  • Animation and graphics: AirPixel, Paolo Zuzolo, Daniele De Luca
  • 3d modeling: Paolo Zuzolo, Daniele De Luca
  • Editing: Airpixel
  • 3d models: Atos, Cineca
  • Music: ARCHIMUSIC, “Futuristic Technology Ambient Background”


video virtual tour