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Meet Derecho, the supercomputer that NSF NCAR installed in 2023 to serve the needs of the Earth system science community.

Used by over 1,500 researchers each year, NSF NCAR computing resources deliver incredible computing power to solve complex problems in Earth system science.

NSF NCAR also provides data storage, analysis, and visualization resources to support the entire modeling workflow. 

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Derecho was inaugurated on August 18, 2023. Derecho features 2,488 compute nodes with 128 AMD Milan cores per node and 82 nodes with four NVIDIA A100 GPUs each. The HPE Cray EX cluster is a 19.87-petaflops system, delivering about 3.5 times the scientific throughput of the Cheyenne system.

Supercomputing for you

Whether you're new to supercomputers or an old pro, Derecho and the CISL team are here to help you accomplish your goals.

NSF NCAR computing resources are available for projects large or small; for researchers, instructors, and students at U.S. academic institutions; and for modeling, machine learning, and analysis activities.

And did we mention it's all free?

Our computing resources are available to any individual who meets the simple eligibility requirements completely free of charge.

Historic photo of NCAR's supercomputing center.

A history of making history

From building the first supercomputer in 1963 to installing today’s state-of-the-art machine, NCAR has always led the supercomputing field.

Check out NCAR’s supercomputing history page, and process all available data about how we got here today.

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