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Atos Takes Fight Over Met Office-Microsoft $1.6B Weather HPC Contract to UK High Court

Atos’ fight over the UK Met Office awarding a $1.56 billion contract to Microsoft to build the world’s biggest weather and climate supercomputer will soon go to the UK High Court, according to a story in the Financial Times. Atos, the leading Europe-based HPC vendor,  argues that is was excluded unfairly from bids for the […]

Microsoft and UK Met Office Select AI Start-ups for Environmental Sustainability Program

April 2022 — Ten companies focused on reducing carbon emissions and waste, preserving water and protecting ecosystems have been selected to take part in Microsoft’s AI for Environmental Sustainability Accelerator program. The program, launched in collaboration with the Met Office and Social Tech Trust, will support the cohort through a four-month program to advance their environmental solution using […]

Why HPE Cray EX Is the Supercomputer of Choice at Leading Weather Centers

[SPONSORED POST] For decades, compute resources used for weather forecasting have tracked with advances in state-of-the-art supercomputing. Which is to say that the weather segment demands systems with the greatest data ingest and storage capacity combined with the most powerful processing capabilities. As the accuracy of daily weather forecasts and warnings of severe weather depend on high-performance computing combined, increasingly, with artificial intelligence, it is perhaps not surprising that weather segment IT spending has not been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hyperion Research predicts that it will in fact grow by an astonishing 33 percent between 2021–20241, significantly outpacing

HPE at ISC: ‘Perform Like a Supercomputer, Run Like a Cloud’

Since we last saw HPE at ISC a year ago, the company embarked on a strong run of success in HPC and supercomputing – successes the company will no doubt be happy to discuss at virtual ISC 2021. This being the year of exascale, HPE is likely to put toward the top of its list […]

Super-expensive Supercomputers: UK Met Office in £1B+ Deal for Microsoft Weather System; $3B System in China on Way

As widely reported in February, the UK Met Office and Microsoft have come to an agreement to provision a £1.2 billion (over 10 years) supercomputer the Met Office said will be the world’s most powerful weather and climate forecasting system. The agreement, announced on Earth Day, will be in the top 25 of the Top500 […]

UK Denies Atos Charges in Microsoft’s $1.2B Weather Supercomputer Contract Win

In the aftermath of Microsoft’s win of a mammoth, £854 million ($1.2 billion) weather supercomputing contract from the British government, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is fending off a lawsuit by Atos, which lost its bid, charging the government with “breaching public law duties,” according to a report in the […]

UK to invest £1.2 billion for Supercomputing Weather and Climate Science

Today the UK announced plans to invest £1.2 billion for the world’s most powerful weather and climate supercomputer. The government investment will replace Met Office supercomputing capabilities over a 10-year period from 2022 to 2032. The current Met Office Cray supercomputers reach their end of life in late 2022. The first phase of the new supercomputer will increase the Met Office computing capacity by 6-fold alone.”

PSyclone Software Eases Weather and Climate Forecasting

“PSyclone was developed for the UK Met Office and is now a part of the build system for Dynamo, the dynamical core currently in development for the Met Office’s ‘next generation’ weather and climate model software. By generating the complex code needed to make use of thousands of processors, PSyclone leaves the Met Office scientists free to concentrate on the science aspects of the model. This means that they will not have to change their code from something that works on a single processing unit (or core) to something that runs on many thousands of cores.”