Cray Awarded $47 Million Contract to Build a Next Generation Supercomputer for Advanced Climate Modeling Cray Increases Its Presence in Some of the World’s Most Prestigious Weather and Climate Research Centers

Everest-EarthsSEATTLE – Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. announced it has received a contract from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to provide the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) with a next-generation Cray supercomputer. As part of an interagency partnership between DOE and the U.S. Department of Commerce, which oversees NOAA, the next-generation Cray supercomputer will be used for advanced climate modeling and research, and will be called the Climate Modeling and Research System (CMRS).

The CMRS will provide a dedicated high performance computing resource for NOAA and its research partners, and will allow scientists to leverage a significant increase in computing capacity to address some of the most pressing global climate change questions. Once completed, the Cray supercomputer will be the world’s most powerful high performance computing system dedicated to climate research.

The purchase is being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This investment in science and modeling capabilities will strengthen NOAA’s ability to provide decision makers, whether individuals, businesses, or governments, with the climate information they need to make smarter more informed decisions for their families, businesses and communities.

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Source: eMedia World
Photo: Oak Ridge National Laboratory