The National Weather Service said Monday that it was boosting its supercomputing capacity tenfold this year, and the organization will triple its computational abilities this month alone.
By October, the service’s two operational supercomputers could perform 5,000 trillion calculations a second, up from 426 million. The goal is to offer better weather forecasts.
“By increasing our overall capacity, we’ll be able to process quadrillions of calculations per second that all feed into our forecasts and predictions. This boost in processing power is essential as we work to improve our numerical prediction models for more accurate and consistent forecasts required to build a Weather Ready Nation,” said Louis Uccellini, National Weather Service director.
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