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InformationWeek: IT Surfs The Ocean's Waves

Jul 17, 2002, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Larry Greenemeier)

"Thanks to some heavy-duty computing, researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore are breaking new ground in oceanography. The project, which is focused on how the Atlantic Ocean affects its surrounding climate, began in earnest 18 months ago when the university chose to run its data collection and analysis applications on a cluster of Dell PowerEdge servers using Red Hat Linux 6.2.

"'Simulating the North Atlantic is a computationally complex job,' says Thomas Haine, assistant professor of earth and planetary sciences, and this research couldn't be done without the right IT platform.

"The ocean's ability to absorb gases, carbon dioxide in particular, can have a profound effect on global warming and climate patterns across land masses nearest the ocean, Haine says. To simulate the temperature, salinity, and pressure of the North Atlantic, Haine relies on actual data collected from satellites and ships and sent to the university via the Internet or posted to Web sites..."

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