10/17/2012

Global Environmental Safety Improves as Worlds Most Powerful Supercomputer Switches On


Inhabitat reports tat the world's most powerful climate change supercomputer switched on this week at the National Center for Atmospheric Research's Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC).  The 1.5- petaflop IBM supercomputer known as Yellowstone will be used to study everything from atmospheric disturbances to subterranean faults.  The hope is that results can be used to better predict tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, droughts, and other national disasters.


The new computer system will allow researchers around the world to access their projects remotely via a laptop or desktop computer and the internet.  The new center's advanced computing resources will aid understanding of complex processes at work in the atmosphere and throughout the Earth.  The computer will further accelerate research into severe weather, geomagnetic storms, climate change, carbon sequestration, aviation safety, wildfires, and other critical geoscience topics.



"The center will help transform our understanding of the natural world in ways that offer enormous benefits to society," says Thomas Bogdan, president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.  This future influx of crucial date will not only be beneficial to public safety but also to our economy, allowing governments and industries to prepare for disaster well in advance.