Climate in a Box

  • Released Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Recent advances in computer technology and software design make it possible to run massive climate simulations on desktop sized machines. This is a paradigm shift from the need for room sized supercomputers to do important work in climate modelling. In a new initiative, NASA plans to facilitate the wider distribution of desktop sized supercomputers, aimed at democratizing climate research among scientists who might otherwise have been more resource contrained. Included in this video are modelling output runs using GEOS-5 and WRF.

Climate modeling requires massive computational power. Until recently, that power required room sized machines with daunting technical and logistic requirements. But new advances in computer design, including hardware and software, continue to facilitate a paradigm shift. In an effort to broaden and democratize climate research tools, NASA has begun to facilitate the operation of new desktop sized supercomputers, with the goal of making it substantially easier for more researchers to do meaningful work on vital and essential questions for our world.

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