Wyoming governor Matt Mead was at the opening of the National Center for Atmospheric Research's Wyoming Supercomputer Center in Cheyenne on Monday. The center boasts one of the most powerful supercomputers on the planet and its services will be dedicated to the geosciences.
Governor Mead said he is proud to have such a powerful computer - dubbed Yellowstone - right here at home in Wyoming.
Scientists with the National Center for Atmospheric Research have already booked the supercomputer's massive processing power for a series of projects, studying everything from atmospheric disturbances to underground faultlines. Yellowstone is able to perform 1.5 quadrillion operations every second. Each of the planned studies will further advance the understanding and aid in the prediction of natural disasters.
Governor Mead said the installation of the supercomputer in Wyoming sends an important message to students of all ages.