The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) selected Juniper Networks to provide infrastructure for a new supercomputer that will perform 5.34 quadrillion calculations per second.

According to a recent press release, this new supercomputer will be installed at NCAR’s Wyoming Supercomputing Center this fall; it will be operational in 2017. With the supercomputer, researchers will be able to make more accurate predictions about the impact of weather and global warming. The supercomputer will be equipped with Juniper Networks’ QFX10008 Switch, which offers increased scalability by allowing remote users from around the world to access the tool.

“The new supercomputer is expected to benchmark among the top supercomputers in the world,” said Al Kellie, Associate Director of NCAR’s Computational and Information Systems laboratory. “The network will allow scientists around the world to access resources and foster a community of global collaboration.”

Using the supercomputer to conduct data calculations on climate modeling, scientists will be able to better inform emergency rescue teams and help governments plan for changes in water cycles. Juniper Networks’ infrastructure is designed to accommodate the bandwidth required by researchers processing data and conducting weather analysis.

“We’re thrilled that NCAR turned to Juniper Networks to meet its most demanding challenge yet,” said Tim Solms, vice president of U.S. Federal sales for Juniper Networks. “Juniper is proud to support the creation of a state-of-the-art supercomputing platform that will allow scientists and researchers to study the impact of climate and weather on the world’s populations and environments.”

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Eleanor Lamb is a Staff Reporter for MeriTalk covering Big Data, FITARA, Homeland Security, Education, Workforce Issues, and Civilian Agencies.