3.5.2021 | UK announced to build a new supercomputer for climate and weather with the help of Microsoft
UK has announced it is advancing its project to build the world's most powerful climate and weather supercomputer with the help of Microsoft. The country's weather service, the Met Office, has struck a multimillion-pound agreement with the tech company on the project, which was previously earmarked to receive £1.2 billion ($1.6 billion) of government funding.
While the UK already boasts a weather supercomputer — which can perform 16,000 trillion calculations a second — the new machine will be twice as powerful. By gaining access to more detailed climate modeling, the UK is hoping to future-proof its city and transport infrastructure to protect them against extreme weather events.
The system will be located in the South of the UK and will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. It's expected the setup will save 7,415 tons of CO2 in the first year of operation.