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How the Network Helps NOAA Predict the Weather and Protect the Environment

May 29, 2012
at 5:00 am PST

The American National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is best known for its weather forecasting and tracking services but also has responsibility for fisheries management, severe storm warnings, coastal restoration, and supporting marine commerce. By the agencies’ own estimate they indirectly provide support for one-third of America’s gross domestic product.

Behind the scenes NOAA’s scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers, and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it. To help meet the needs of its researchers the agency has built a high speed network called n-wave that facilitates collaboration and enables access to supercomputers by teams across the country. Besides helping scientists work together it also provides value to the American taxpayer by ensuring optimal use of government-operated storage and compute resources.

Hear more on his agency’s vision for a 100-Gig-capable network. Just how much data do NOAA scientists generate? Try 80 to 100 Terabytes, per day – a volume that filled its existing 10 Gbps network, all day long, with no downtime.

Jerry Janssen, Manager of NOAA’s n-wave network notes “Since the network went live, we’ve had 100% uptime. We’re proud of that and I think that speaks a lot to our engineering but also the Cisco engineering.”

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