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The new supercomputer known as Cheyenne was officially dedicated at a ceremony Tuesday in the city it was named after. Governor Matt Mead, University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols and Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr were all in attendance, among other state leaders. Tony Busalacchi is the President of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research or UCAR. He said Cheyenne is the 22 most powerful in the world and three times stronger than the Yellowstone supercomputer it’s replacing.

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With help from a supercomputer in Cheyenne, researchers have developed a new solar energy forecasting system that could help utilities integrate more renewables and save money.

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In coming months, the NCAR supercomputer in Cheyenne will tackle five new projects that could improve weather and climate forecasting in Wyoming. The supercomputer, known as Yellowstone, has the capacity of nearly 73-thousand desktop computers, working together as one. That power will be used studying wind turbine performance and population growth in the Colorado River Basin, among other things. University of Wyoming professor Bart Geerts’ project is especially ambitious.

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Final testing is being done on a supercomputer in Cheyenne that will be used for climate modeling and other Earth sciences.
The new computer, called Yellowstone, is among the top dozen or so fastest supercomputers in the world right now.
An opening ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 15.
The National Center for Atmospheric Research is lining up research projects that will get time on its machine starting this fall.

UW projects chosen for NCAR

Jun 14, 2012

     The National Science Foundation says seven University of Wyoming research projects have been chosen to use the National Center for Atmospheric Research-Wyoming Supercomputing center.  The U-W projects will study topics from hydrology to energy.   

Bryan Shader is a special assistant for the Vice President of Research and Economic Development.  He says one project will involve U-W and some researchers from Utah who will study the Colorado River Basin.

After a three year wait the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing center is being pieced together as scientists get ready for what will be one of the fastest and significant computers in the world.  

Today workers in Cheyenne were busy putting the computers together.  Meanwhile, those affiliated with the project can hardly contain their excitement.  Marijke Unger will be among those running the facility.  She says it will study a range of things.

“And that spans everything from solar physics to ocean circulation models to climate simulations. ”

The University of Wyoming is getting access to a portion of the supercomputer that the National Center for Atmospheric Research is building in Cheyenne, but it’s also building it’s own smaller supercomputer on campus.

Bryan Shader is the special assistant to the vice president of research and economic development at UW. He says the campus supercomputer will be faster and more powerful than the computing systems the university has now.