Hurricane Ike

Science Behind the Image

Throughout the 2008 hurricane season, the Texas Advanced Computing Center was an active participant in a NOAA research effort to develop next-generation hurricane models. Teams of scientists relied on TACC's Ranger supercomputer to test high-resolution ensemble hurricane models, and to track evacuation routes from data streams on the ground and from space.

Visualization Behind the Image

Using up to 40,000 processing cores at once, researchers simulated both global and regional weather models and received on-demand access to some of the most powerful hardware in the world enabling real-time, high-resolution ensemble simulations of the storm. This visualization of Hurricane Ike shows the storm developing in the gulf and making landfall on the Texas coast.


TACC, UT Austin

Gregory P. Johnson
Romy Schneider
John Cazes
Karl Schulz
Bill Barth

Pennsylvania State University

Fuqing Zhang
Yonghui Weng

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA)

Frank Marks