New supercomputer prevents energy cut

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Here’s an interesting angle, reported by, on a supercomputer deployment. Recall that the UK’s Met office is spending about $65M US with IBM to put in a new super. The Met Office is now reporting that they will not meet their power reduction targets because of the new acquisition

The Met Office’s plans to reduce its energy consumption will be hindered by the testing of its new supercomputer whilst its current one is still in operation.

In the Met Office’s annual report, the weather information service said it will not be able to reduce energy consumption during the new supercomputer’s testing period in 2008/09. The report said they will still look for other ways to reduce energy consumption.

A refreshing reminder amidst the flurry of green talk of the resources required to power actual installations with real mission requirements. More at the web site.