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ORU's New Supercomputer Has the Brains to Tackle Weather Forecasting, Physics, and More

A supercomputer used for weather forecasting.

Oral Roberts University has unveiled a new supercomputer that will be used for weather forecasting and bioinformatic analysis, among other applications.

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Oral Roberts University (ORU) has unveiled an $850,000 supercomputer, with the goal of bolstering the institution's science, technology, engineering, and math program.

Said ORU's William Wilson, "We want to be on the cutting edge of this kind of education to help our students be ready in mathematics and physics and computing science and all of these areas so that they can take their place in the world."

The Titan system has more than 1,300 high-performance computing cores and can execute 45 trillion calculations a second.

Titan was used for one student's project, which entailed feeding the computer historical weather data to develop forecasts; ORU's Rebekah Farell said she could enter the temperature, barometric pressure, and humidity of the past several days to generate a forecast for tomorrow.

ORU's Stephen Wheat said students in other fields, including biochemistry and mechanical engineering, can use Titan to study areas such as genomics, bioinformatics, and aerodynamics.

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