The Heart Of Yellowstone: Inside A Supercomputer

Get an up-close view inside one of the most complicated machines ever built by humanity. NCAR computer scientist Rich Loft is our guide to some of the vital parts within the new Yellowstone supercomputing system. Installed at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center in Cheyenne, the IBM system includes a cluster of high-performance supercomputing processors, a massive data archiving facility, and a special system for visualizing scientific data. The system is made up of 100 racks—tall, black, refrigerator-sized cabinets. Each rack is filled with computing nodes, and each of those nodes holds computer chips made up of processors containing billions of transistors. Let Rich show you around this seldom-seen environment.

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