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John Wheeler, Published June 17 2012

Weather Talk: New supercomputer to focus on boosting weather research

The newest and fastest supercomputer in the United States (outside of the military or the CIA) is being built near Cheyenne, Wyo.

The 100 racks of servers and the 70,000 core processors will be devoted to studying the weather. Research, not forecasting, will be the focus of the $70 million computer, which is being funded largely through a grant from the National Science Foundation and will be managed by researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

The plan is to push the envelope, so to speak, of weather knowledge, by amassing more complete sets of Earth data than has ever been possible.

With so much data, meteorologists will be able to learn more about how all the weather elements interact in order to make weather and climate forecasts more accurate in the future.

The new computer compound has been named Yellowstone.

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