NTNU’s supercomputer, Njord, is one of Europe’s most powerful high performance computers, and is used by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, among others, to perform the calculations needed to predict Norwegian weather. Njord, named after the Norwegian god who protects seafarers and fishermen and who sends favourable winds and calm seas, has recently been
upgraded with new hardware, which tripled its previous capacity to a staggering 23.5 teraflops. (A teraflops is one trillion floating point operations per second.) This addition has enabled the Meteorological Institute to produce weather forecasts more rapidly and more accurately than before.