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NOAA Upgrades Supercomputers to 5.78 Petaflops

Today NOAA reported a nearly four-fold increase in computing capacity to innovate U.S. forecasting in 2016. NOAA’s Weather and Climate Operational Supercomputer System is now running at record speed, with the capacity to process and analyze earth observations at quadrillions of calculations per second to support weather, water and climate forecast models. This investment to advance the field of meteorology and improve global forecasts secures the U.S. reputation as a world leader in atmospheric and water prediction sciences and services.

Video: NOAA Software Engineering for Novel Architectures (SENA) Project

“NOAA will acquire software engineering support and associated tools to re-architect NOAA’s applications to run efficiently on next generation fine-grain HPC architectures. From a recent procurement document: “Finegrain architecture (FGA) is defined as: a processing unit that supports more than 60 concurrent threads in hardware (e.g. GPU or a large core-count device).”

Engility to Support NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

Today Engility announced it has been awarded a prime position on a $25 million multiple award contract by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide broad spectrum IT support including high performance computing initiatives for the agency’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL).

Maximizing Benefits of HPC with the National Strategic Computing Initiative

“What we’re seeing in President Obama’s Executive Order is a major proof point of the importance of high-end computer technology in bolstering and redefining national competitiveness. In the past, a country’s competitiveness and global power was defined by economic growth and defense capabilities. But now we’re seeing the advent of actionable technological insight—especially derived from the power of big data—becoming a factor of a country’s power.”

HPC Transforms for Researchers of Global Climate Change

“HPC is transforming our everyday lives, as well as our not-so-ordinary ones. From nanomaterials to jet aircrafts, from medical treatments to disaster preparedness, and even the way we wash our clothes; the HPC community has transformed the world in multifaceted ways.”

Ciena Builds Advanced Network for NOAA Environmental Research

Today Ciena announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is building a private optical network powered by the company’s converged packet optical platforms. As part of its ongoing mission to connect researchers to the data and resources needed to advance environmental science, the new 100G network will connect four geographically dispersed facilities in the Washington, D.C. metro area

Podcast: NOAA Reports that 2014 was Warmest Year on Record

“December was the hottest month for combined land and ocean temperature. NASA scientists independently analyzed the data and reached the same conclusions. Today’s news comes on the heels of a damning report published yesterday in the journal Science which found that humans may be causing irreversible damage to our oceans and the animals living in it.”

NOAA to Acquire 5 Petaflops of Weather Forecasting Power

This week NOAA announced an increase supercomputing capacity to provide more timely, accurate, reliable, and detailed forecasts.