The scope and depth of research at the University of Wyoming will reach unprecedented levels later this year with the opening of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) near Cheyenne.
Located in the North Range Business Park near Cheyenne, the NWSC will contain some of the world's most powerful supercomputers dedicated to improving scientific understanding of climate, severe weather, air quality and other vital atmospheric science and geoscience topics.
The center will also house a premier data storage and archival facility that holds irreplaceable historical climate records and other information.
Upon its installation, the NWSC supercomputer is expected to rank among the world's top 25 for speed, putting UW researchers and students on the cutting edge of research related to critical Earth system processes such as computational science, energy production, carbon sequestration, space weather and oceanography.
A stronger understanding of Earth systems will allow scientists to provide vital information to decision makers and emergency managers to reduce vulnerability to major storms, air pollution, changes in climate and geomagnetic storms in the upper atmosphere that can disrupt communications and other technological systems.
Approximately 75 million core hours per year will be reserved for UW researchers and their collaborators at the facility. Research time and use -- focused on computationally or data intensive earth system science -- will be allocated by the Wyoming-NCAR Resource Advisory Panel (WRAP).
The NWSC is being developed through a partnership between NCAR; UW; the state of Wyoming; Cheyenne LEADS; the Wyoming Business Council; Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power; and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. NCAR is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
To learn more about the NWSC, go to the official website at http://nwsc.ucar.edu/.