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Primeur weekly 2013-07-15

Special

Supercomputer acting as a discovery machine for neuroscience ...

Exascale supercomputing

Jack Dongarra helps design software for the next generation of supercomputers receiving $1 million grant ...

The Cloud

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IBM closes acquisition of SoftLayer Technologies ...

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Oracle announces availability of Cloud Application Foundation, the #1 application foundation across conventional and Cloud environments ...

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US Ignite recognizes RENCI and NC State for innovative app for monitoring power grids ...

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Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c deployed by CERN to manage its Oracle infrastructure ...

PRACE Winter School 2014 to be held in Tel Aviv, Israel ...

USFlash

Professor Jack Dongarra announces new supercomputer benchmark ...

CASL milestone validates reactor model using TVA data ...

DOST to strengthen weather forecasting to benefit farmers ...

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DOST to strengthen weather forecasting to benefit farmers


5 Jul 2013 Manila - Planting and harvesting will soon be easier for local farmers, even in the face of climate change, with the advent of more reliable and technologically advanced weather forecasting methods. These high-impact solutions come in the form of the Department of Science and Technology's (DOST) newly acquired supercomputer complemented with the latest weather modelling software. This development was revealed by DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo during the recent Kapihan sa Diamond Hotel in Roxas Boulevard, Manila.

"The first significant development is that we already have a supercomputer which will be operational in the fourth quarter of this year. With this type of facility, we will be able to use advanced weather modelling software that will not only enhance weather predictions from three days to six days, but it could also be more accurate, it could be area specific, and what we are working on is to have a seasonal weather outlook on specific areas for three to six months to help our farmers", stated Secretary Montejo.

The three- to six-month weather projections, to be issued by DOST's Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Service Administration (DOST-PAGASA), will be on top of its weekly weather forecasts. This will provide farmers with information on the amount of rainfall on specific areas within the next three to six months.

Also, these top-flight technologies will enable PAGASA weather scientists to come up with integrated weather pattern information specifically to guide farmers on the best time to plant and harvest crops, thus greatly aiding them with their farming-related decisions and activities.

These groundbreaking developments, said Secretary Montejo, will take off by 2014 with the supercomputer's initial operation in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Erratic weather conditions, an after-effect of global climate change, have affected many farmers resulting in billions worth of damaged agricultural products annually.

In 2012 alone, an estimated total of Php30 billion worth of agricultural products were lost in the aftermath of Typhoon Bopha (Pablo). The Department of Agriculture reported that an estimated Php197 million worth of rice crops were damaged due to the typhoon.

Rice, a staple food in the country, is normally grown for three to six months depending on the rice variety, and requires an average of 2,000 liters of water per kilo of rice for its growth.

The Philippines ranks 8th among the world's rice producers. In 2007, the country produced an average of 3.8 tons per hectare of rice, more than what Thailand produces.

Source: Department of Science and Technology - DOST

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2013-07-15

Special

Supercomputer acting as a discovery machine for neuroscience ...

Exascale supercomputing

Jack Dongarra helps design software for the next generation of supercomputers receiving $1 million grant ...

The Cloud

e-Infrastructures for e-Sciences 2013 ...

EastWest Bank chooses HP to build private Cloud ...

IBM accelerates Cloud computing on System z with acquisition of CSL International ...

IBM closes acquisition of SoftLayer Technologies ...

L'Oréal Uruguay consolidates IT infrastructure into the private Cloud and reduces power consumption with IBM PureSystems ...

Oracle announces availability of Cloud Application Foundation, the #1 application foundation across conventional and Cloud environments ...

Oracle expands support for mobile and Cloud technologies with the latest Java development tools and framework ...

US Ignite recognizes RENCI and NC State for innovative app for monitoring power grids ...

EuroFlash

MINES ParisTech selects Bright Cluster Manager for materials science research cluster ...

European Commission to launch survey about Future Internet Assembly ...

Bull launches StoreWay Optima 4600: reaffirming its presence in the new-generation data handling market ...

DANTE celebrates 20 years of networking excellence ...

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c deployed by CERN to manage its Oracle infrastructure ...

PRACE Winter School 2014 to be held in Tel Aviv, Israel ...

USFlash

Professor Jack Dongarra announces new supercomputer benchmark ...

CASL milestone validates reactor model using TVA data ...

DOST to strengthen weather forecasting to benefit farmers ...

Fujitsu M10 achieves world-record result on two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark ...

Fujitsu integrates internal database platform using SPARC M10 servers ...

1Wealth Trading Company opines on IBM's foray into global banking ...

Golf Channel selects Oracle's Pillar Axiom Storage System to support rapid growth and new reality programming ...

Stephen F. Austin State University readies for growth; speeds registration, adds 8X capacity and unlocks IT for strategic projects ...

TACC supercomputers help microfluidics researchers make waves at the microscopic level ...