NOAA U.S. buys weather supercomputer with twin backup

The U.S. meteorological department has recently upgraded their National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) system, used for weather forecasting, with the purchase of 2 supercomputers from IBM. The 2 supercomputers are capable of 70 TFLOPS (trillion calculations per second), making it the 50th most powerful computer in the world. With 5000 IBM Power6 processors in between themselves, the system is reportedly 4 times faster than it’s predecessor.

NOAA U.S. buys weather supercomputer with twin backup

The U.S. meteorological department has recently upgraded their National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) system,
used for weather forecasting, with the purchase of 2 supercomputers
from IBM. The 2 supercomputers are capable of 70 TFLOPS (trillion calculations per second), making it the
50th most powerful computer in the world. With 5000 IBM Power6
processors in between themselves, the system is reportedly 4 times
faster than it’s predecessor.

“This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) system,
which went online in August, is compromised of “Stratus” and its
backup, “Cirrus,” two separate supercomputers with about 5,000 IBM
Power6 chips running AIX operating systems.”

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