The supercomputers have been named "Stratus" and are 4 times faster than the prior system. Stratus has the ability to make 69.7 Trillion calculations per second!!!
Interesting facts about Stratus:
- The microprocessors inside Stratus contain 2,000 miles of copper wiring, enough to stretch from Washington, D.C. to the Grand Canyon.
- It would take one person with a calculator 3 million years to tabulate the number of calculations that Stratus can perform in a single second.
- Stratus would fit in half the size of a tennis court.
- Stratus is 34 times more powerful than the most powerful supercomputer in existence a decade ago.
The new computing power will give meteorologists better accuracy and precision in both short-term and long-term forecasting.