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IBM Hopes to Change Weather Forecasting Around the Globe Using Big Data, Supercomputer

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A woman walking through flood waters in Bangladesh last July.

IBM says its new global weather model can provide far more accurate forecasts for the entire world.

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IBM has launched a global weather model that it says offers more accurate forecasts for the entire world and can provide details for regions as small as two miles wide.

The Global High-Resolution Atmospheric Forecasting (GRAF) model runs only on IBM's new DYEUS supercomputer, which will publish 12 trillion pieces of daily weather data and process hourly forecasts; many global weather models only update every six to 12 hours.

Individuals can access data via the Weather Channel app on smartphones, and in other sources employing IBM data.

DYEUS utilizes IBM's Power 9 processing chips, and graphics processing units used in video gaming, to expedite visual output processing.

GRAF, which IBM said can collect data from aircraft sensors and smartphones, will deliver forecasts of up to 15 hours for 26 million locations worldwide.

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