Saturday, August 29, 2009

Compute This

Weather supercomputer used to predict climate change is one of Britain's worst polluters

The Met Office has caused a storm of controversy after it was revealed their £30million supercomputer designed to predict climate change is one of Britain's worst polluters.

The massive machine - the UK's most powerful computer with a whopping 15 million megabytes of memory - was installed in the Met Office's headquarters in Exeter, Devon.

It is capable of 1,000 billion calculations every second to feed data to 400 scientists and uses 1.2 megawatts of energy to run - enough to power more than 1,000 homes.

The computer used 1.2 megawatts to run - enough to power 1,000 homes
The machine was hailed as the 'future of weather prediction' with the ability to produce more accurate forecasts and produce climate change modelling.
However the Met Office's HQ has now been named as one of the worst buildings in Britain for pollution - responsible for more than 12,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.

It says 75 per cent of its carbon footprint is produced by the super computer meaning the machine is officially one of the country's least green machines.


This is just too funny. Supposedly rumors that Al Gore is getting one of these for his Tennessee home are unfounded.


LASunsett said...

I heard it consumes far more energy and emits far more carbon than Rove's hurricane machine. But, that's just a rumor, I cannot confirm it at this time.

Leslie said...

That just makes me laugh! HAHAHA

DaBlade said...

Chuck, that's FANTASTIC! :) Does it run on cow flatulence or just lib hot air?

LomaAlta said...

How ironic when the global warming alarmists running the UK Met Service all think the science of climate change is settled.

Why do they need a big computer when their minds are already made up? They don't need no stinking science!

Then why a great big ole stinking computer?

Chuck said...

LA, lol

Leslie, nice right

DaBlade, there's a difference?

LomaAlta, good point. Here we thought the science was in on it

Always On Watch said...

Bwahahahaha! This is rich.

You really should have posted a spew alert to warn readers. **wink**

Chuck said...

Thanks AOW