Supercomputer Maker Advances Weather Forecasts

Seattle — When you pull up the weather forecast on your smartphone or check online to see if a storm is coming tomorrow, you likely have a Seattle company to thank for the predictions. Supercomputer company Cray recently signed another big contract to provide computing power to another major weather center. Under the agreement, Cray’s technology will power weather forecasts from the Swiss Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology....

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Initiative Proposed To Build World’s Fastest Computer

Washington — President Obama has launched an ambitious technology initiative, a moonshot in the world of supercomputing that could help solve some of the world’s most complex problems. The project, known as the National Strategic Computing Initiative, aims to speed up the development of an “exascale computing system” — a supercomputer that can process a billion billion operations per second. (That’s not a typo; there are two...

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