Late this summer marked the start of production on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) newest research and development supercomputer, vJet, located at the NOAA David Skaggs Research Center in Boulder, Colorado. vJet was purchased and will be maintained with funding from the NWS/Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project (HFIP) and the ESRL Renewable Energy/Wind Boundary Layer (WBL) program.
vJet is a six-rack Aspen Systems/Supermicro supercomputer cluster containing 4608 cores of 2.6GHz Intel Xeon® E5-2650v2 "Ivy Bridge" processors with 1PB of additional storage capacity. vJet extends the existing architecture to a total of 29,808 cores and 3.2PB of storage. The system utilizes the latest generation FDR Infiniband network. vJet also uses the same software stack as NOAA's other Jet systems so that all applications are fully compatible between systems. The vJet augmentation increases Jet's compute capability by ~25% and storage capacity by ~40%, providing the additional resources required for new research projects.
The Earth System Research Laboratory/Global Systems Division (ESRL/GSD), a part of NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), NOAA's National Weather Service - National Centers for Environmental Prediction, OAR's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, and NOAA's Office of the Chief Information Officer, supported by Computer Sciences Corporation, NOAA Research and Development High Performance Computing Systems integrator, have all been important contributors to the design, procurement, installation, and acceptance of vJet. ESRL/GSD/Information and Technology Services management and staff will continue to provide engineering and monitoring support for vJet during operations.
NOAA/OAR's mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. NOAA's High Performance Computing Team, along with GSD's engineering and monitoring support team, contribute to this mission by providing a technology that allows for a highly diverse group of scientists to fulfill the NOAA mission.