Cray’s Big Deal May Give A 20X Boost To Weather Forecasters

Seattle supercomputer maker Cray (NASDAQ: CRAY) announced a $128 million, multi-year deal to provide the U.K. Met Office with its XC supercomputing and storage systems that will help turn some 10 million daily weather observations into models of the atmosphere that inform thousands of forecasts. Cray went on to post a $7.4 million quarterly profit, up from an $11 million loss a year ago, helped by the completion of earlier deals to deliver supercomputers to the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts.

University of Washington atmospheric sciences professor Cliff Mass took note of the U.K. deal as further evidence that, “The computational resources available to the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) for numerical weather prediction is rapidly falling behind leading weather prediction centers around the world.”

Mass noted that the new Cray systems will give U.K. weather forecasters on the order of twenty times more computing power than their counterparts in the U.S., a country that’s 33 times larger, counting only the lower 48 states.

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