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NCAR Selects IBM to Build Petaflop Supercomputer

Climate modelling and related data processing require huge amount of processing capacities and The US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) definitely knows that. At present NCAR requires a petaflops-class supercomputer to operate their weather as well as climate modeling simulations.

The only hurdle they are facing is that facilities located at Boulder and Colorado do not generate enough power to accommodate such a huge task.

Thus, NCAR has undertaken the task of building a 1.6 petaflops supercomputer centre and the location for this is Cheyenne, Wyoming and interestingly, the nickname of this machine is "Yellowstone" taken from the name of nearby national park which is Old Faithful geyser's home, reported The Register.

Some interesting information has come to light about this Yellowstone supercomputer and the most important among them is that it is not Cray but IBM who closed the deal with NCAR.

NCAR, which is funded by National Science Foundation, was set up in 1980 for the purpose of weather and climate modelling. As stated by a spokesman of NCAR, on the basis of various features to be installed on Yellowstone it will cost somewhere around $25 million to $35 million.