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Riverton student wins contest to name new Wyoming supercomputer


CASPER, Wyo. — The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) said on Thursday that a Fremont County School District student has won a statewide competition to name a new supercomputer which is being installed in Cheyenne.

The winning supercomputer name will be announced during NCAR’s virtual classroom visit to Riverton Middle School scheduled for 11 am Monday, April 12.

“The name is for the new system currently being installed at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) in Cheyenne, Wyoming,” NCAR said. “It was selected out of more than 200 submissions from Wyoming K-12 students in a competition conducted in partnership with the Wyoming Department of Education and the Wyoming Governor’s Office.”

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The new supercomputer is an effort to advance Earth system sciences wand “will help scientists conduct research needed to better understand a range of phenomena that affect society, from the behavior of major wildfires to eruptions of solar storms that can threaten GPS and other sensitive technologies,” according to NCAR.

The Hewlett Packard Enterprise-Cray EX supercomputer will be a 19.87-petaflops system, “meaning it will have the theoretical ability to perform 19.87 quadrillion calculations per second.”

“That is about 3.5 times the speed of scientific computing performed by the Cheyenne supercomputer, and the equivalent of every man, woman, and child on the planet solving one equation every second for a month,” NCAR said. “Once operational, the HPE-powered system is expected to rank among the top 25 or so fastest supercomputers in the world.”

The system is expected to become operational in early 2022.