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Czech Meteorological Service Deploys Big NEC Vector

NECNEC has announced that it has deployed a large vector supercomputer to the Meteorological Service CzechTrade [CHMI].  Beginning in early 2010, the center will run their operational forecast on the new NEC SX-9 vector supercomputer.  The goal of the procurement was to purchase a resource that delivered more accurate forecasts in a more timely manner.

Dr. Radmila Brozkova, head of the numerical weather forecast department of CHMI said, “Floods are among the most hazardous weather phenomena and they are very difficult to predict. With the new supercomputer supplied by NEC, we can closely collaborate with other Central European countries to further strengthen and fulfill our national mission to protect the Czech population.” With the new supercomputer supplied by NEC, we can collaborate closely with other Central European countries to further strengthen and fulfill our national mission to protect the CzechTrade population. “

With the use of the new NEC computer, CHMI wants to double the spatial resolution of the operational model and use new configurations treating explicitly and implicitly big precipitating systems smaller ones without any gap between both. Variational data assimilation shall be introduced in order to obtain a better instantaneous picture of the atmospheric circulation at the beginning of any model integration. Variational data assimilation shall be introduced in order to obtain a better instantaneous picture of the atmospheric circulation at the beginning of any model integration. Thanks to its powerful NEC-SX9 supercomputer CHMI will continue developing ambitious future model versions”, said Dr. Thomas Schoenemeyer, Senior Solution Manager at NEC Deutschland. Thanks to its powerful supercomputer NEC SX9 CHMI will continue developing ambitious future model versions, “said Dr. Thomas Schoenemeyer, Senior Solution Manager at NEC Germany.

According to the release, the SX-9 is dishing out over 100Gflops of 64bit goodness per CPU.  This, combined with the 1TB of main memory, delivers 1.6TF of numerical weather might.  For more info, read the full release [translated thanks to Google] here.

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