The US' subsequent local weather science supercomputer is twice as quick

The US' next climate science supercomputer is twice as fast

Ever since 2012, scientists have been leaning on the Yellowstone supercomputer to mannequin and predict local weather. It is a highly effective ally, particularly when it is nonetheless one of many quickest computer systems on the planet. Nevertheless, it is about to be upstaged: the US Nationwide Middle of Atmospheric Analysis has unveiled plans to construct Cheyenne, a good beastlier machine. When it is prepared in 2017, the Silicon Graphics-made, Intel Xeon-powered supercomputer ought to calculate as much as 5.34 petaflops per second, or 2.5 occasions greater than Yellowstone. It’s going to even have a whopping 313TB of reminiscence, and 20 petabytes (!) of devoted storage.

This is not nearly bragging rights, in fact. Cheyenne’s additional grunt ought to assist researchers create extra detailed fashions of local weather change, main climate patterns, air pollution and even photo voltaic storms. Groups should get time with Cheyenne earlier than they will produce outcomes, however you might quickly get a greater understanding of how the Earth is faring.

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