Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
On October 27 Seattle-based supercomputer company Cray, Inc. was awarded the largest foreign contract in the company’s history, a $128 million (USD) contract with the UK Met Office. The Met Office is the United Kingdom’s national weather service, providing weather monitoring and tailored forecasts to more than 3,000 clients each day from headquarters in Exeter, England. With over ten million daily recordings and observations to factor in these forecasts, accurately predicting a sunny day in London is no small feat.
“We are truly honored that one of the most prestigious weather centers in the world has awarded us with the largest international contract in Cray’s history,” said Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray. “The award is symbolic for Cray on a number of fronts — it demonstrates that our systems continue to be the supercomputers of choice […] and it reinforces the role that Cray plays in impacting society on a daily basis in a wide range of areas […].”
The deal comes just months after Cray was awarded its largest contract ever, partnering with the National Nuclear Security Administration for $174m (USD) to provide computing power for research purposes.
Seattle has been long known as a hotbed of technological innovation, with expertise now extending across the pond for forecasting in the other “Rainy City.”