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ZAMG starts NEC's SX-8R vector computer operation.

TELECOMWORLDWIRE-20 June 2007-ZAMG starts NEC's SX-8R vector computer operation(C)1994-2007 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

The Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics in Vienna (ZAMG), Austria, has officially started the operation of the SX-8R vector high-performance computer from manufacturer NEC.

The supercomputer is capable of around 512bn computational operations per second and is reportedly 28 times more powerful than the model it is replacing at ZAMG. It will enable meteorologists to compute four, rather than two, forecasts per day, in minutes.

The computer is also intended to improve accuracy, with calculations to be made on denser grid points with grid sizes of 2.5km.

The vector computer incorporates two nodes, each featuring eight processors and connected via two high-speed switches developed by NEC, and is expected to save ZAMG significant costs on power and cooling within the next five years.

According to ZAMG, the computer's higher model resolution and improved forecasting of extreme weather establishes a platform from which measures can be taken to reduce human casualties and property damage.

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Title Annotation:Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics in Vienna
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Date:Jun 20, 2007
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