A new IBM supercomputer will help the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVO) with ocean modeling and weather forecasting, thereby improving maritime safety.
The NAVO Major Shared Resource Center in Mississippi's Stennis Space Center will house a Power 575 Hydro-Cluster that has a peak speed of 90 teraflops (90 trillion floating-point operations per second), making it one of the most powerful systems in the Department of Defense. The supercomputer is more than four times faster than the system it is replacing and takes up only half the space.
"The Power 575 supercomputer is specifically designed for the type of computationally intensive work undertaken by NAVO," said Dave Turek, vice president of deep computing for IBM. "This system will enhance DoD research efforts and significantly enhance the ability to perform detailed oceanographic modeling and weather forecasting that will help keep the naval fleet and commercial shippers out of harm's way."
The supercomputer is powered by one of the world's fastest microprocessors, POWER6, and is cooled by an innovative water system that makes it highly energy-efficient. The Power 575 is designed to tackle some of the world's most challenging problems in fields such as energy, aerospace and weather modeling.
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