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NCAR Officials to Address Supercomputer Allocation Use in 2013


December 7, 2012 — Officials from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) will be on campus Tuesday, Dec. 11, to address questions on how University of Wyoming researchers can obtain large allocations of time on the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC).

Dave Hart, section head for NCAR’s Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL), and Sidd Ghosh, a CISL consultant, will meet with interested parties from 1:10-3 p.m. in Room 118 of the Classroom Building.

“The main goals are to provide researchers with information about how to access and use NWSC resources, and to answer questions about allocation requests,” says Bryan Shader, special assistant to UW’s vice president for research and economic development, and a mathematics professor.

UW researchers have until Dec. 17 to submit their applications for large core-hour allocations on the NWSC for 2013. Applications and eligibility information can be accessed at http://www.uwyo.edu/nwsc. Eligible science areas include http://www.uwyo.edu/nwsc/eligibility/science_areas.html.

The Wyoming share of the NWSC resources is currently 75 million core hours of computing on Yellowstone; around 1 petabyte of high-performance storage on GLADE; and 5 petabytes of longer-term tape storage on HPSS.

The NWSC is the result of a partnership among the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR); the University of Wyoming; the state of Wyoming; Cheyenne LEADS; the Wyoming Business Council; and Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power. The NWSC is operated by NCAR under sponsorship of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The NWSC contains one of the world's most powerful supercomputers (1.5 petaflops, which is equal to 1.5 quadrillion mathematical operations per second) dedicated to improving scientific understanding of climate change, severe weather, air quality and other vital atmospheric science and geoscience topics. The center also houses a premier data storage (11 petabytes) and archival facility that holds historical climate records and other information.

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