AMD EPYC processors used in new supercomputer to predict severe weather events


AMD’s EPYC processors have been selected by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).

The processors will be used in ECMWF’s new supercomputer that will run the organisation’s predictions at a higher resolution, of around 10km, offering reliable, advanced numerical predictions about the occurrence and intensity of extreme weather events ahead of time. The supercomputer is based on Atos’s latest BullSequana XH2000 technology and scheduled to become operational in 2021.

The increase in ECMWF’s computing power, with the industry leading core count of the AMD EPYC 7742, will support hundreds of researchers from over 30 countries across Europe in their work on medium and long-range weather forecasting.

Forrest Norrod, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Data Center and Embedded Solutions Business Group, commented, “The real-time data powered by AMD EPYC and delivered by the supercomputer at ECMWF has the potential to decrease the impact of severe weather events on peoples’ lives.”

ECMWF is an independent intergovernmental organisation, based in Reading, supported by 34 member and co-operating states across Europe and holds the largest archive of numerical weather prediction data in the world.

Charlotte Hathway

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