Meet Office and Microsoft to build a climate supercomputer

The Met Office is working with Microsoft to build a weather forecast supercomputer in the United Kingdom.

They say it provides a more accurate weather forecast and a better understanding of climate change.

The· British government said In February 2020, we plan to invest £ 1.2 billion in the project.

Launched in the summer of 2022, it is expected to become one of the top 25 supercomputers in the world. Microsoft will update over the next 10 years as computing improves.

Morgan O’Neill, an assistant professor at Stanford University, said:

“The UK’s large-scale investment in state-of-the-art weather and climate forecasting systems is great news worldwide and we look forward to subsequent scientific advances.”

The Met Office said the technology would provide a better understanding of the weather, allowing people to better plan their activities, prepare for bad weather and gain a deeper understanding of climate change.

The supercomputer will be able to:

  • Providing a more detailed weather model

  • Perform more potential weather scenarios

  • Improve localized forecasts

  • Predict bad weather more accurately

Penny Endersby, Chief Executive Officer of the Met Office, said:

Clare Barclay, CEO of Microsoft UK, said supercomputers will help the UK stay at the forefront of climate science.


The exact location of the new computer has not been revealed. However, the Met Office said it is in the south of the UK. Use Microsoft Azure to integrate the Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Cray supercomputer.

It runs on 100% renewable energy and has over 1.5 processor cores and over 60 petaflops (60 trillion (60,000,000,000,000,000) calculations per second).

This, in theory, allows you to process more data faster and perform atmospheric simulations. More accurately..

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Cody Godwin is a San Francisco-based reporter. Follow her on Twitter for more news. @MsCodyGodwin