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UK Met Office ploughs £1.2bn into record-breaking weather and climate supercomputer

As the UK battles extreme weather conditions for the second week running, the Met Office has revealed plans to build the world’s most powerful weather and climate supercomputer.

The country’s national weather service announced it will spend £1.2 billion over 10 years building the supercomputer, which will replace the Cray XC40 system built for £97 million in 2014. 

The new supercomputer will be deployed to improve rainfall predictions and airport forecasting. Data collected by the system will be used to more accurately predict storms, identify effective flood defence locations and predict changes to the global climate.


Nvidia unveils AI supercomputer the size of a credit card

Nvidia has unveiled an AI supercomputer the size of a credit card for edge computing devices.

Dubbed Xavier NX, the diminutive device delivers performance of up to 21 TOPs and can consume as little as 10 watts of power when running modern AI workloads. 

Nvidia claimed the micro module is the “world’s smallest, most powerful AI supercomputer” for devices at the edge.

The supercomputer will serve high-performance applications constrained by size and weight, such as small commercial robots drones, or high-resolution industrial IoT sensors.


UK Atomic Weapons Establishment readies Shasta supercomputer

The UK Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has selected Cray’s Shasta supercomputer to power the organisation’s nuclear simulations and other science projects supporting UK nuclear deterrence.

The seven petaflop supercomputer is named Vulcan and fitted with AMD’s Epyc 7542 processors, Cray Slingshot interconnect and ClusterStor Lustre storage. 

AWE said Cray’s HPC beast was selected because of its ability to run mixed workloads and applications at a low total cost of ownership (TCO).


HPE’s Cray lands £79m contract for UK’s latest supercomputer

HPE’s Cray has been awarded a £79m contract to supply the hardware for the UK’s next national supercomputer, ARCHER2, the UK Research and Innovation Institute (UKRI) has announced.

According to the institute, the 28-petaFLOPS supercomputer will be capable of eleven times the science throughout of its predecessor, ARCHER, which will end operation in February 2020. ARCHER has 118,000 CPU cores within racks of Intel Xeon E5 v2 processors.


Cray building $600m exascale supercomputer to manage US nuclear stockpile

El Capitan, which will have a peak performance of more than 1.5 exaflops when delivered in 2022, will be used to run applications that safeguard the safety, security and effectiveness of the US’s nuclear stockpile.



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