Supercomputer for earth system science starts operation

12.07.2016

The expansion of the high-performance computer Mistral at the German Climate Computing Center (DRKZ) is finished. Using Mistral, climate researchers are able to perform climate simulations at a higher resolution, to include additional processes in earth system models, or to reduce uncertainties in climate projections.

The entire system of Mistral consists of about 80 telephone booth-sized cabinets.

Computations are currently being planned for the German contribution to the next World Climate Report. Another project examines atmospheric processes in greater detail. Mistral enables scientists to perform high-resolution regional simulations at a grid resolution of only 100 meters. This facilitates the explicit computation of small-scale processes such as cloud formation and precipitation, which must be parameterized in coarser models.

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