Over a dozen miles of cable permit the supercomputer Yellowstone's tens of thousands of processors and other key components to interact with each other. Yellowstone is located at the NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research)-Wyoming Supercomputing Center.
The center, which was dedicated in October 2012, will offer researchers the opportunity to develop, access and share complex models and data at incredibly powerful speeds. Yellowstone has the ability to work at 1.5 petaflops--equal to 1.5 quadrillion (a million billion) mathematical operations per second. Its speed is comparable to 7 billion people (the world's population) each simultaneously conducting 200,000 calculations a second.
To learn more about Yellowstone, see the NSF press release National Science Foundation Dedicates Wyoming Supercomputing Center.
Credit: ©UCAR; photo by Carlye Calvin