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Climate Scientists Utilize the World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer for Weather Computation

Oct. 19, 2012 ⋅ Categories: Physical Sciences

Our technicians that deal with weather computational modeling would love to have an opportunity to work with the world’s most powerful supercomputer. Scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) are currently studying the Earth’s climate changes like the global warming theory and are using one of the largest super computers on the planet. Yellowstone, a 1.5 petaflop system by IBM is among the top 20 supercomputers in the world and runs 72,288 Intel Xeon cores, meaning it is capable of 15 quadrillion calculations per second.

Needless to say, this is a dramatic upgrade from their previous supercomputer that was 77 teraflop. The new computer will also be used to study dramatic weather, oceanography, air quality, geomagnetic storms, earthquake readings, wildfires, subsurface water and other energy sources. There are hopes of some serious scientific breakthroughs with the use of this computer.

For more information on the project, click here.

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