Yahoo Labs’ Academic Partnerships teamed up with the Yahoo Data Center Operations group in 2010 on an initiative called YSTAR (Yahoo Servers to Academic Researchers) under which Yahoo refurbishes and donates used servers to academic research institutions.
Yahoo has donated over 5,000 servers to more than 40 universities in the U.S. and abroad. This donation is the second one done in Italy, following the one awarded to Politecnico di Milano.
In 2016 Yahoo has donated 98 servers, in 3 cabled racks, to Prof. Marco Bertini for his research and teaching activity carried on at MICC. The cluster created with these machines results in a system with more than 1000 cores and 2 TB RAM.