Supercomputers are Sustainable

April 5th, 2013 by Ann Drobnis Post a comment »

NWSCbuilding_medLast week, there were great advancements in Supercomputing as two new facilities were officially opened to the research community.

This week, supercomputers are making headlines for a totally different reason: The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Supercomputing Center in Wyoming has taken top prize in the 2013 Green Enterprise IT Awards.  The facility won first place in the “Facility Design Implementation” category for its sustainable approach in design and building.  This is only fitting, as the supercomputer at this facility is dedicated to Earth system science research.

“Our goal is to meet the highest standards possible for sustainability in supercomputing while advancing scientific knowledge,” says Thomas Bogdan, president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), which manages NCAR on behalf of the National Science Foundation (NSF). “The GEIT Award suggests we’re on the right track, and we are deeply gratified by this international recognition.”

The design of this supercomputing facility minimizes its environmental footprint and reduces operating costs so that more funds can be directed to the scientific work being done at the facility, rather than to overhead.  This facility is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and a collaborative partnership between local, state, and federal government entities and private industry.