At the beginning of October the new Cluster Mistral was introduced at the German Climate Computer Centre (DKRZ) in Hamburg. This was accompanied by three days of workshops and training and brought a whole community together, which work around one of the fastest computers in Germany.
Mistral is designed to allow the german climate community to perform their runs with the state of the art climate models they use for their work. It is located in the top floor of the DKRZ and is cooled by warm water. Its specification is impressive, as it has not only more than 37,000 cores, but also an impressive storage. The latter is a requirement of the community, as a huge amount of data has to be processed in order to analyse the outcome of the data. As such it is one of the largest storage systems connected to a super computer in the world. Continue reading