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Photo of Discover Scalable Compute Units 8 and 9

The Discover Supercomputer

The heart of the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) is the “Discover” supercomputer. In early fall 2014, the NCCS supercomputer had 43,048 processor-cores and a peak speed of 1.121 petfalops. This photo shows Scalable Compute Units (SCUs) 8 (background) and 9 (foreground). SCU9 has skins showing observed (left) and simulated images of Hurricane Sandy (right).

Discover-hosted simulations span time scales from days (weather prediction) to seasons and years (short-term climate prediction) to decades and centuries (climate change projection).

Credit: Photo by NASA/Goddard/Bill Hrybyk.

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