"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
"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