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DOE Lab, HPE Implement Supercomputers to Support Air Force Weather Forecasting

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) has helped the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory build and implement a pair of high-performance computing machines designed to primarily support weather modeling and forecasting efforts by the U.S. Air Force.

The company said Wednesday the “Fawbush” and “Miller” supercomputers constitute a system now operational at ORNL that is powered by HPE Cray EX technology.

The machines are named for two Air Force meteorologists who predicted a 1948 tornado that struck the Tinker AF Base in Oklahoma.

The supercomputer pair generates computing power 6.5 times faster than USAF’s existing weather forecasting system.

“We look forward to our continued collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in supporting a range of complex science and engineering research, which includes powering ORNL’s Frontier, one of the nation’s upcoming exascale systems,” said Bill Mannel, vice president and general manager for high-performance computing at HPE.

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