NCAR Yellowstone Supercomputer

The Boulder-based National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), a part of the National Science Foundation, are getting some amazing computing power, and saving energy at the same time.

NCAR’s Yellowstone is the petascale (one quadrillion floating point operations per second) computing solution. It’s been up and running for several months now, and it’s up in Wyoming. (I imagine that’s why the “Yellowstone” name).

The center won first place this spring for facility design implementation in the Green Enterprise IT awards, due to its innovative and high-efficiency design.

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You might think that with a power bill of about $1 million per year that there’s no way a set up like this could win an energy award, but for the amount of computing power, it’s an amazingly efficient system.

Yellowstone can handle more than one thousand million million calculations per second. 100 racks of hardware, several rows of black cabinets, about the size of a refrigerator, holding 100 racks of hardware and more than 70,000 processors that comprise one of the worlds fastest supercomputers.

All this means that this give NCAR scientists the ability to utilize Yellowstone to run high end scientific models and simulations. The new operating system is Red Hat Enterprise Linux, while the Bluefire system used UNIX/AIX.

Oh, if coach Dennis had something like this 20 years ago to run weather simulations when he worked at NCAR!

Zachary Epps, GRI, ABR, REALTOR®, Eco-Broker®, full-time RE/MAX professional, and author of

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