Hera more than doubles the previous Theia system with a total capacity of 2,700 trillion floating point operations per second – or 2.7 petaflops. It is Cray System and provides compute capacity of 34 million hours per month with 52,640 Skylake processors and a total scratch disk capacity of 9.2 Petabytes.
Hera supports development of weather modeling across Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and National Weather Service to improve the prediction of high-impact weather events and evaluate potential future directions for models and data assimilation
NOAA’s RDHPCS also provides software engineering support and associated tools to re-architect NOAA’s applications to run efficiently on next generation fine-grain HPC architectures. The Fine Grain Graphical Processing Units with a total capacity of 2,000 trillion floating point operations per second - or 2.0 petaflops provide an experimental test bed for application development of next-generation research computing technologies, but also help NOAA to more efficiently use its existing high performance computing assets.