Military eyes sophisticated new supercomputers to boost the performance of weather modeling and forecasting

Feb. 22, 2021
Together with Oak Ridge, the Air Force’s weather wing intends to use the system to help usher in a new era of weather forecasting capabilities.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Two new supercomputers named after a pair of iconic military meteorologists make up one powerful system now operational at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., where it supports worldwide U.S. Army and Air Force weather modeling and forecasting operations. Nextgov reports. Continue reading original article

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22 Feb. 2021 -- The roots of this sophisticated computational weather forecasting tool trace back to a $25 million contract unveiled in 2019. It was since built and recently delivered by Hewlett Packard Enterprise to the national lab managing it, according to a press release.

The supercomputers power projects steered by Oak Ridge and Air Force Weather, or AFW, the branch’s meteorology division that leverages atmospheric and solar data to provide comprehensive terrestrial and space weather alerts, forecasts and analyses for military efforts spanning the globe.

Air Force officials named the new machines “Fawbush” and “Miller,” in homage to meteorologists Major Ernest Fawbush and Captain Robert Miller, who in 1948 predicted the first tornado forecast at the Tinker Air Force Base.

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