Sep 20, 2012 5:40 PM by Lauren Molenburg

Final testing for Cheyenne NCAR supercomputer

CHEYENNE, Wyoming (AP) - Final testing is being done on a supercomputer on the outskirts of Cheyenne that will be used for climate modeling and other Earth sciences.

The new computer, called Yellowstone, is among the top dozen or so fastest supercomputers in the world right now. The roughly $30 million IBM machine is housed in a purpose-built facility.

An opening ceremony is scheduled for October 15.

The Boulder, Colorado-based National Center for Atmospheric Research is lining up research projects that will get time on its machine starting this fall.

One project will model air movement inside hurricanes and tornadoes. Another will examine how weather and air quality could change in North America in the years ahead.

The computer runs at a speed of up to 1.5 petaflops, or 1.5 quadrillion operations per second.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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