Raytheon has been working closely with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and supporting their mission for over 30 years. As a testament to this enduring relationship, in 2006 NOAA awarded Raytheon a contract to maintain, operate and upgrade its Research and Development (R&D) High Performance Computing (HPC) systems.  Under this contract, Raytheon leads a team that will improve the cost-effectiveness and organizational alignment of the R&D high performance computing resources for NOAA's three primary weather and climate research labs.

Raytheon will enable NOAA to effectively manage its R&D HPC systems by implementing proven, high performance technologies at the lowest cost, and applying superior talent, best practices, policies and automated tools.

Raytheon provides support to NOAA in:

  • Designing, procuring and benchmarking high performance computing systems,
  • Providing post-processing and analysis resources that are tailored to the requirements for different computational workstreams,
  • Performance critical storage solution including Hierarchical Storage Management System (HSMS),
  • Systems and software management and monitoring infrastructure,
  • Designing and implementing high performance networks,
  • Data visualization and modeling animation
  • IT security, and
  • HPC support services

The four critical cornerstones of Raytheon’s strategy for providing HPC support to NOAA with high reliability and availability are: proven, reliable hardware; software tools to reduce operational costs; high quality support services; and, experienced program management. 

This new program will enhance the current HPC systems at NOAA's main facilities at the National Centers for Environmental Prediction in Camp Springs, MD.; the Earth Systems Research Laboratory in Boulder, CO.; and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, N.J.  The goal of this modernization effort is to provide NOAA with a four fold increase in computing power by the end of 2008.  These enhancements to the computational power are expected to enable NOAA scientists and researchers advance their environmental modeling and climate prediction capabilities. 

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