NASA Gifts Earth a Climate Supercomputer

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>In honor of Earth Day, NASA has unveiled a 56,832-core, 128-screen supercomputer that will allow scientists from around the world to collaborate on climate modeling. The beast of a machine -- known as NEX, or NASA Earth Exchange -- provides access to NASA's satellite data and imaging as well as extraordinary data processing and storage capabilities.

The goal is to facilitate interdisciplinary academic collaboration, training the minds of researchers the world over on this one awesome data set in order to provide watertight climate research.

Already, NASA scientists have compiled 30 years' worth of images of global vegetation change. With previous computers, this task could have taken months. With NEX, it took ten hours.

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Nicole Allan is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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