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Old 08-29-2005, 03:23 AM   #1
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NOAA and Linux

I was wondering with the current storm about to hit the Southern US in a few hours... Does anyone know what role Linux play's in how they model these strorms? Is Linux used for there servers or do they actually use Linux application for their modeling and tracking...

It would seem Linux is a great platform for such applications but like many agencies are governed through the mainstream, money, and what everyone else is doing...

Hopefully our and other government agencies will see the usefullness of Linux and start developing more applications...

As a side note... I never see their forcast software crashing so it can't be Windows...

Old 08-29-2005, 11:43 AM   #2
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Nope, when I was working on the GOES weather satellite project all of the user level workstations were either Windows based or Solaris. Now admittedly that was a few years ago, but once the government has made an investment in a set of technologies they really don't like to switch it out for something else - or at least that is what I have seen to be the case.

The satellites themselves use proprietary everything. The ground based equipment use a mixture of both VxWorks based real-time VME solutions, and Solaris/Sun SPARC based systems for GUI and all analysis applications.


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