December 11, 2009

World’s Largest Weather Supercomputer Unveiled

In order to collect more data on global warming, German scientists unveiled the world's largest weather supercomputer on Thursday.

The supercomputer, dubbed "Blizzard", weighs 35 tons, uses 50 kilometers of cables, and is capable of 158 Teraflops, or 158 trillion calculations, per second.

Scientists believes "Blizzard" cannot only track reactions in the atmosphere and oceans, it should be able to work out the influence of ice and plants on greenhouse gases and climate change.

The German climate research center in Hamburg said Blizzard is "60 times faster than its predecessor and one of the world's largest supercomputers."

The center added, "The new supercomputer should be in a position to model even tornados and very small eddies."