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High-Performance Computing


Global Systems Laboratory

High-Performance Computing

GSL researches and hosts efficient high-performance computing to support NOAA’s mission.

High-Performance Computing (HPC) is critical for data assimilation and numerical weather prediction research

Portions of NOAA’s new global model ported to GSL's system are already running 2-3 times faster than models used in operations.

NOAA's R&D supercomputers, located at GSL, support a wide variety of applications, serving a number of NOAA research labs plus university collaborators. These computing systems aid scientists in making short-term weather and longer-term climate forecasts. The calculating power and volume-handling storage allow scientists to produce more accurate ocean, air quality, and environmental models that lead to a better understanding of our complicated Earth system.

In 2014 a GSL researcher was awarded the Department of Commerce Bronze medal for dedication in acquiring supercomputing services to sustain production of the Nation’s operational numerical weather and climate forecast systems.