NCAR will see increase in computing capacity to 20 Gflops . . .
by Bill Buzbee
FY97 was a particularly challenging year for SCD. In the spring of 1996, we completed a procurement that would have brought one of the world's most powerful supercomputers to NCAR: the NEC SX-4.Strategies for FY97
In the summer of 1996, the Department of Commerce (DOC) launched an anti-dumping investigation centered on Japanese supercomputers. At that point, NCAR realized that the NEC SX-4 might never be available in the U.S., and thus adopted the following strategy at the beginning of FY97:Strategies for FY98
Following the DOC's August 1997 determination of dumping, NCAR has terminated the procurement of the NEC SX-4 and plans to continue with the above strategy. Specifically, in FY98, NCAR will:Applying for computing resources
If you are interested in using the CSL, please check "Climate Simulation Lab" under "Computing Resources" on the SCD Web page (www.scd.ucar.edu) for information on submission of proposals.Looking ahead
Because of the increasing rate of change in computing technology, there is a steady shortening of the average half-life of both products and manufacturers. Consequently, NCAR will operate DSM equipment from two manufacturers during FY98 and based on that experience, as well as developments in the marketplace during FY98, acquire additional DSM capability in FY99.
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