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Germany unveils world`s largest weather supercomputer

Last Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 21:30

Berlin: Germany on Thursday unveiled the
world`s most powerful weather supercomputer that scientists
hope will provide critical data on global warming for the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Weighing in at 35 tonnes and using 50 kilometres of
cables, the supercomputer named "Blizzard" is capable of 158
TeraFlops, or 158 trillion calculations, per second.

Scientists said that in addition to tracking reactions
in the atmosphere and the oceans, "Blizzard" should be able to
work out the influence of ice and plants on greenhouse gases
and climate change.

Blizzard is "60 times faster than its predecessor and
one of the world`s largest supercomputers," the German climate
research centre in Hamburg said in a statement.

"The new supercomputer should be in a position to
model even tornadoes and very small eddies," added the centre,
whose data are also being used at the UN climate conference in


First Published: Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 21:30
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