NANFA-- Supercomputer For Salmon & Whitefish Research

The Thaumaturgist (
Thu, 3 Apr 2003 01:42:11 -0800 (PST)

ARMONK, New York
The Arctic Region Supercomputing Center (ARSC) will receive
a powerful new supercomputer from IBM that will help
researchers gain new understanding of the complex
environmental relationships of the Arctic environment, in
particular the health and variability of populations of
Salmon and Whitefish.

ARSC supports research on the Arctic, and the "Iceberg"
supercomputer will be used primarily to study the growth
and demise of Salmon and Whitefish within the Gulf of
Alaska over the last 30 years, a period that has experience
significant shifts in fish populations and climate

"This technology will allow us to expand our program into
multi TeraFlop testing and allow scientists and researchers
to perform simulations that we hope will allow us to make
more informed decisions about our aquatic environment,"
said ARSC director Frank Williams.

The new supercomputer is capable of calculating 5 (five)
trillion operations per second and will power three
dimensional models that will for the first time combine the
currents and depths of the ocean with biological
information of its aquatic life. Researchers believe it
will help them understand shifting fish populations as well
as to predict algal blooms.

Researchers at ARSC hope key data generated with the new
supercomputer will help ensure populations of Salmon and
Whitefish remain steady and strong.

Salmon and Whitefish from the Gulf of Alaska account more
than half of all seafood consumed in the United States,
including 95 percent of all salmon consumed.

The supercomputer will also be used for research in many
other fields including bioinformatics, global climate
change, ocean circulation, galactic formation, and Arctic
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