Final Testing Under Way for Wyoming Supercomputer
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Final testing is being done on a National Center for Atmospheric Research supercomputer on the outskirts of Cheyenne that will be used for climate modeling and other Earth sciences.
Research is expected to begin this fall on the new computer, called Yellowstone, which has enough power to rank among the top dozen or so fastest supercomputers in the world.
So how fast is it, exactly?
The computer will run at a speed of up to 1.5 petaflops, or 1.5 quadrillion operations per second. Put another way: If you counted one number per second, it would take a lot longer than your entire lifetime or anybody else’s to get all the way up to 1.5 quadrillion. Try more than 47 million years.
The roughly $30 million IBM machine fills much of a 153,000-square-foot, custom-built facility.
The Boulder, Colo.-based National Center for Atmospheric Research already has lined up 11 initial research projects that will get time on its machine starting this fall, center spokesman David Hosansky said.