High-performance computing is facing some of its toughest challenges yet, but supercomputing is also yielding better results than ever before. When it comes to climate science, for example, researchers are reporting higher resolutions and truer simulations. According to one Berkeley Lab researcher, climate science is on the verge of a golden age. As described in
“If you burn one molecule of fossil fuel and put that carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, it will remain there for around 100 years on average,” explained NCAR Senior Scientist, Dr. Warren Washington. “Some remain closer to 500 years. The reason for concern is that if we don’t do something now and we’ve already built
One of the world’s most powerful supercomputers devoted to climate change – the 1.5 petaflop Yellowstone system – is fulfilling its mission to help find solutions to serious climate change issues. Recently a team of researchers from National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and several partner institutions used Yellowstone, an IBM iDataPlex cluster, to simulate the threat of ozone
In advance of a presentation last week at the International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany we spoke with Samplify, which offered up insights on how lossy compression isn’t the scary prospect that it may seem to be for application areas that require high-fideltiy and long-term storage of datasets. Climate studies and…
<a href=”http://www.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/2012-07-25/nasa_builds_supercomputing_lab_for_earth_scientists.html” target=”_blank”><img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/NEX_logo.jpg” alt=”” width=”96″ height=”96″ /></a>This week, NASA announced it would soon be launching a new HPC and data facility that will give Earth scientists access to four decades of satellite imagery and other datasets. Known as the NASA Earth Exchange (NEX), the facility is being promoted as a “virtual laboratory” for researchers interested in applying supercomputing resources to studying areas like climate change, soil and vegetation patterns, and other environmental topics.
NASA Center for Climate Simulation doubles computational power with new Dell PowerEdge servers; Amazon introduces HPC-level computing on demand; and Carnegie Mellon announces $7 million initiative aimed at boosting computer science enrollment. We recap those stories and more in our weekly wrapup.
Exascale computing. What is it good for? Certainly not to solve problems that need solving today.