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NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center

| June 4, 2014

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Opened in 2012, the NCAR-Wyoming Computing Center holds a $20 million dollar supercomputer that was given the name Yellowstone. During the process of constructing this supercomputer 18 semitrailers were filled with pieces of the computer giving an idea of how tall the two story computer stands.The supercomputer is row after row of black, mesh frames — 100 racks in all — holding 72,288 processor cores. The 7-foot-tall rows stretch across the data center like library bookshelves. Yellowstone ranks in the top 20 of the world’s fastest supercomputers. The facility is dedicated to improving scientific understanding of climate, severe weather, air quality and other vital atmospheric science and geoscience topics. The center also will house a premier data storage (11 petabytes) and archival facility that holds irreplaceable historical climate records and other information.

Metric Value Ranking
Size (sq. ft.) 170,000 #7
Investment ($) 74 million N/A
Power Consumed (MW) 25 N/A
Green Power Output (MW) 0 N/A
Green Power Output (%) 0 N/A

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