NCAR’s new Wyoming supercomputer to be 2.5 times faster than current system in Cheyenne

Wednesday January 13, 2016 0 comments Tags: Boulder, NCAR, NCAR-Wyoming Superco, Anke Kamrath


BOULDER -- The National Center for Atmospheric Research   (NCAR) announced it has selected its next supercomputer that will be 2.5 times faster than its current supercomputer.NCAR_logoUSE

The new system, named Cheyenne, will be installed this year at the NCAR Wyoming Supercomputing Center and become operational in early 2017.

The computer will be used to advance atmospheric and Earth science and lay the groundwork for improved predictions of a range of atmospheric phenomena.

Cheyenne will be built by Silicon Graphics International Corp. in conjunction with centralized file system and data storage components provided by DataDirect Networks.

The supercomputer will be a 5.34 petaflop system that can carry out 5.34 quadrillion calculations per second.

The new computer is funded by the National Science Foundation and the state of Wyoming.

“We’re excited to bring more supercomputing power to the scientific community,” said Anke Kamrath, director of operations and services at NCAR’s Computational and Information Systems Laboratory.

“Whether it’s the threat of solar storms or a heightened risk in certain severe weather events, this new system will help lead to improved predictions and strengthen society’s resilience to potential disasters.”

Since the NCAR supercomputing facility opened in Cheyenne, Wyo. in 2012, more than 2,200 scientists from more than 300 universities and federal labs have used its resources.