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Cray, a Seattle based supercomputer company, just announced that they will be supplying the UK's Met Office, their version of the national weather service, with its next generation supercomputer worth over $128 million.
The machine itself looks like a bunch of refrigerators, known as racks, lined up next to one another.
Barry Boulding, Vice President of Business Development for Cray, says, "Weather forecasting today is more than just the morning news. It's really about providing a set of products to financial markets and the defense industry. What the Met Office just purchased will give them the ability to deliver 13 times more to their customers than they were able to deliver in their previous business."
Technology and the level of computing power continues to improve, and with it, the accuracy of forecasts. But along with more capability comes more complex questions.
Click the media player above to hear Barry Boulding in conversation with Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson.
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