Microsoft teams up with the UK Met Office for climate supercomputing

April 28 2021

Microsoft is working with the UK's Meteorological Office, better known as the Met Office, on climate and meteorological supercomputing. Through the agreement, Microsoft will integrate HPE Cray EX supercomputers with Azure and Microsoft high-performance data archiving. The announcement comes just days after the company inked an MoU with the UK government for its cloud computing initiatives more broadly.

Azure Core CVP Erin Chapple wrote:

Work on the project starts immediately, with the supercomputing capability becoming operational starting July 2022. The supercomputer is built in four quadrants to optimize operational resilience for mission-critical supercomputing capability. Each quadrant will consist of an HPE Cray EX supercomputer integrated into Azure, initially using 3rd generation AMD EPYC processors, which will later be augmented with next generation AMD EPYC processors. The first generation of the supercomputer solution will have a combined total of over 1.5 million processor cores and over 60 petaflops, otherwise known as 60 quadrillion (60,000,000,000,000,000) calculations per second of aggregate peak computing capacity. Microsoft will deliver further upgrades in computing capability over the ten years.

The project will support up to 4 exabytes of data and run on renewable energy.

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