ESRL Global Systems Division

ESRL's New HPCS Now Working to Improve Hurricane Forecasts

ESRL recently installed its latest High Performance Computing System (HPCS) that has passed acceptance criteria and entered into full production use. This system, named nJet, is the latest in a series of HPCS clusters in Boulder that have provided the necessary computational resources for ESRL's modeling requirements. Its purpose is to support the computational requirements of the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project (HFIP) whose goal is to improve the accuracy and timeliness of hurricane forecasts.

The nJet system has the computational capability of 40 teraFLOPS, which makes it one of the 100 fastest computers in the world. It has also been configured with 340 terabytes of disk capacity. The second phase of the installment, planned for the first half of 2010, will increase the computing capacity of the nJet system by over 50%.

ESRL's supercomputers support a wide variety of applications serving a number of NOAA and other research labs, plus university collaborators, and aiding scientists in making weather and hurricane forecasts. The calculating power and volume-handling storage of these supercomputers allow scientists to produce more accurate ocean, air quality, and environmental models that lead to a better understanding of our complicated Earth system.

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Name: Craig Tierney
Tel: 303-497-4194