Cray System to Help Steward Gulf After Deepwater Horizon

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Today Cray today announced that the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE) will acquire a Cray XE6m supercomputer to help predict the fate of hydrocarbons released into the environment during normal and hurricane weather conditions. Funded funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI), CARTHE is a 10-year, $500 million independent research program designed to study the environmental effects of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

This supercomputer is more important than ever to our project in light of Hurricane Isaac cutting directly through our on-going experiment in the Gulf of Mexico. Data collected during the hurricane may help shed light on how pollutants behave should an oil spill occur before or during a major weather event like Hurricane Isaac,” said Tamay Özgökmen, CARTHE director.

The Cray supercomputer will be deployed at the University of Miami Center for Computational Science (CCS). As an entry-level system, the Cray XE6m includes the same petascale technologies found in high-end Cray supercomputers, such as Cray’s Gemini interconnect, the Cray Linux Environment and AMD Opteron processors. Read the Full Story.