Monday Oct 15, 2007

Predict that tornado at Network.com!

The Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model is a computer program with a dual use for forecasting and research. It is the latest numerical program model to be adopted by the National Weather Service as well as the U.S. military and private meteorological services.

The model features multiple dynamical cores, a 3-dimensional variational (3DVAR) data assimilation system, and a software architecture allowing for computational parallelism and system extensibility. In other words, WRF is an excellent candidate for tapping in the enormous compute power provided by the Sun Grid Compute Utility at Network.com.

Sun engineers have made WRF available via the Network.com Application Catalog, and the instructions of running the application in the grid environment can be found here.
Weather prediction at Network.com
(Image Courtesy: John Farrand Jr.)

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