Military Supercomputer Sets Record

New York Times – June 9, 2008

I have been ranting for quite some time on the need to dedicate more intensive computing resources to climate models.  This would allow the models to become more granular and to take into account real world data in the analysis as opposed to just boundary conditions.

As always, the military gets the really cool computers. It appears, thought, that their new amazing computer is going to be available for climate scientists for a little while before it gets dedicated to solving nuclear bomb design issues.

An American military supercomputer, assembled from components originally designed for video game machines, has reached a long-sought-after computing milestone by processing more than 1.026 quadrillion calculations per second.