Unique procurement approach triples weather forecasting power
By Washington Technology , June 29th, 2022
As of Tuesday, the National Weather Service bulked up its forecasting muscle and completely switched over to a pair of high-performance computers that are two of the fastest supercomputers in the world.
Ranked 49 and 50 among the fastest supercomputers in the world, Dogwood and Cactus triple the computing power NWS had under its previous supercomputing. More on the names later.
Dogwood and Cactus are a “game changer for NOAA” with their increased speed and redundancy, NWS Director Ken Graham told a group of reporters Monday.
General Dynamics IT built both computers under a task order as part of the Weather and Climate Operational Supercomputing System II contract won in 2020. The fixed-price task order has a value of $150 million, while the entire contract has a ceiling of $505 million.