Cray Awarded Korean Meteorological Administration Contract

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Cray has announced that they have been awarded a multi-phase, multi-year contract aimed at providing the Korea Meteorological Administration with new supercomputing iron.  Valued at over $40 million [US], the new project will become one of the largest operational numerical weather forecasting systems in the world.

We are quite proud that KMA has once again turned to Cray to provide the necessary supercomputing capabilities to meet the demanding requirements of weather forecasting and climate research, which are important segments for our business,” said Peter Ungaro, Cray president and CEO. “Once completed, the Cray supercomputer at KMA will be the largest integrated solution for operational numerical weather prediction in the Asia Pacific region and one of the largest in the world — another strong proof point for not only our current Cray XT5 supercomputer, but also future systems we are in the process of developing and will be delivering as part of this contract. We are honored to be able to help KMA scientists and researchers provide more detailed and accurate numerical weather predictions in support of their mission of identifying the potential of severe weather systems in a more timely fashion.”

Once completed, the Seoul-based supercomputer will operate with a peak performance of over 600TF.  Both phases are scheduled to be completed and accepted sometime in the second half of 2010.  Read their full writeup here.