Microsoft and the United Kingdom(UK)’s Met Office are collaborating to build the world’s most powerful weather and climate forecasting supercomputer in the UK. It is likely to be operational in 2022.
The Met Office has signed an agreement with Microsoft for the provision of a leading supercomputing capability to enhance weather and climate forecasting.
This state of the art supercomputer will be developed at a cost of 1.2 billion pounds(~ ₹12,400 crore).
About the Supercomputer:
i.This is a part of the UK Government’s commitment towards achieving Net Zero by 2050.
ii.The capabilities of this supercomputer are one of the world’s most environmentally sustainable, which is powered by 100% renewable energy, delivered through market-leading energy efficiency.
iii.This is expected to save more than 7415 tonnes of CO2 in the first year of its operational service.
iv.The data generated by the supercomputer will be used to provide a more accurate warning about severe weather.
v.This will help to build resilience and protect the infrastructure and the people of the UK from the impacts of storms, floods and snow.
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