UK Meteorological Office and Microsoft are to build a weather forecasting supercomputer in the United Kingdom. The Government of the United Kingdom is to invest 1.2 billion Pound Sterling in the project.

Supercomputer

  • It is expected to be one of the top 25 supercomputers in the world.
  • It will help in better understanding of weather Climate Change.
  • The supercomputer will provide the following:
    • Provide detailed weather models
    • Help to improve localised forecasts
    • Run more potential weather scenarios
    • Help predict severe weather
  • It is to run completely on renewable energy. This will help to save 7,415 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in one year. Supercomputers release huge amounts of heat and thus a strong cooling system is required for their operation. Thus, energy required to maintain supercomputers is high.
  • It will have more than 1.5 million processor cores
  • The supercomputer will be able to do 60 quadrillion calculations per second, which is 60,000,000,000,000,000.

Benefits of Supercomputer

  • The Supercomputer will be used to create detailed city scale simulations to provide localised climate reports.
  • Supercomputer will help the aviation industry with an accurate forecast of temperature and wind information. This in turn will help to improve the fuel efficiency.
  • It will help United Kingdom to achieve its net Zero target by 2050.

About Supercomputers

  • Since the 2017 the top 500 supercomputers of the world are running on Linux-based Operating System (LBOS).
  • The performance of supercomputers is now measured in Floating Point operations per second called FLOPS. Earlier they were measured in Million Instructions per Second.
  • Lenovo became the largest provider of Top 500 supercomputers. It has provided 117 units of the top 500 supercomputers in the world.

UK to build World’s most powerful weather supercomputer UK to build World’s most powerful weather supercomputer