German Scientists Unveil World's Most Powerful Weather Computer

World | December 10, 2009, Thursday // 16:45|  views

German scientists have announced the commissioning of the world's most powerful weather supercomputer. Photo by

Scientists in the German city of Hamburg have unveiled on Thursday the world"s most powerful weather supercomputer.

The giant computer, named "Blizzard", weighs in at 35 tons and uses 50 kms of cabling. It is capable of 158 trillion calculations per second.

The computer will be used to provide critical data on global warming for international efforts to combat climate change. In addition to tracking atmospheric and maritime reactions, the supercomputer should be able to work out the influence of ice and plants on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

"Blizzard" is "60 times faster than its predecessor and one of the world's largest supercomputers," the German Climate Research Center has said in its announcement. "The new supercomputer should be in a position to model even tornadoes and very small eddies."

The Hamburg center already provides weather data being used at the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen.

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