The deadly EF5 tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma on May 20 was unique in several ways. Not only was it one of the strongest twisters ever recorded, but forecasters were able to issue a tornado warning 36 minutes in advance, saving lives. Playing a part in that forecast was a Cray supercomputer at the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS).
The horrendous aftermath of last Friday’s 9.0 earthquake off the east coast of Japan is still unfolding and the ensuing destruction from tsunamis, infrastructure collapse, fires and now nuclear plant radiation is being tracked and analyzed, some with the help of computer technology designed for just such an event.
Since the dawn of high performance computing, climate modeling has been one of its most demanding domains. The hunger for computational capability is unending, as researchers work to incorporate more of nature’s complexity into their models at higher resolutions. HPCwire talked with NOAA/GFDL Deputy Director Brian Gross and Venkatramani Balaji, head of the lab’s Modeling Systems Group.
For the first time, a Cray supercomputer could be housed outside a federal agency or university.
A year ago, NOAA and DOE signed an agreement calling for closer cooperation between NOAA and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Jim Rogers, director of operations for the National Center for Computational Sciences at ORNL, discusses the agreement and the goals for the Climate Modeling and Research System (CMRS), the initial supercomputer chosen for the collaborative work.
NOAA, ORNL to pursue advanced climate modeling with next-generation Cray supercomputer; and Swiss researchers develop a 3D model that can detect early stages of heart disease. We recap those stories and more in our weekly wrapup.
Machine part of $215M research deal with NOAA.
IBM supers tasked with improving accuracy of models.
New $215M investment from NOAA boosts lab’s climate role.