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IBM Big Data Technology Helps South Korea's Meteorological Administration Increase Accuracy of Weather Forecasting

  IBM Big Data Technology Helps South Korea's Meteorological Administration
                   Increase Accuracy of Weather Forecasting

South Korea's most powerful data storage system helps tackle weather's data
deluge

PR Newswire

SEOUL, South Korea, Feb. 27, 2013

SEOUL, South Korea, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- South Korea's
Meteorological Administration (KMA) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a
project to help KMA and its affiliate, the National Meteorological Satellite
Center (NMSC), tackle Big Data for better, more accurate and predictive
environmental forecasting.

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As South Korea's national meteorological organization, KMA's mission is to
protect citizens' lives and property from natural disasters and support
economic activities sensitive to environmental conditions.

However, weather forecasting is the proverbial data deluge. Every day KMA
gathers more than 1.6 terabytes of meteorological data, including temperature
and barometric pressure readings, wind speeds, images as well as observations
from satellites, balloons, ships and aircraft. One of the key sources of data
is Korea's first communication, ocean and meteorological satellite – dubbed
Cheollian – managed by the National Meteorological Satellite Center.

To allow for the torrents of data to be stored and available for real-time
analysis, IBM has provided KMA and NMSC with the latest IBM storage
technologies capable of recording 20 gigabytes (equivalent to 400,000 web
pages) of data per second. With a total storage capacity of 9.3 petabytes (1
million gigabytes) it is South Korea's most powerful data storage system to
date.

The new infrastructure enables KMA and NMSC to analyze data more quickly and
accurately than previously possible. By incorporating maps and historical
data, KMA is able to develop tailored weather forecasts for each of South
Korea's nine regions. Processing data in real time enables immediate updates
on weather conditions. For example, meteorologists can predict more precisely
the trajectory of a typhoon or the coverage of the 'Hwangsa' - the yellow sand
storms originating in Mongolia and Northern China that cause environmental
problems in Korea in the spring season.

The system is so powerful that it paves the way for localized weather
forecasting services for clients in certain regions or cities, such as
emergency service providers, hotels, golf courses and farms as well as related
services such as weather insurance for outdoor events.

"IBM's Smarter Storage system provides a powerful platform for Big Data
analytics helping us to provide more accurate and timely weather forecasting
services," said Gyoung-Hyun Lee, Director of National Meteorological
Supercomputing, KMA.

IBM is partner to organizations around the world that are faced with
effectively managing and drawing insight from the torrents of data produced by
an increasingly instrumented, interconnected and intelligent world – an area
often referred to as Big Data.

"The volume of meteorological and satellite data is so vast that it requires
the most powerful technologies on earth," said Jung-Uk Tak, Systems &
Technology Group Leader, IBM Korea. "IBM's smarter computing system helps KMA
and NMSC to take a proactive approach to changing weather conditions,
supporting its mission of protecting and enhancing lives and business."

The new system at KMA includes an IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS) - a
high-performance enterprise file management platform. IBM has also provided a
high-capacity data storage system to NMSC. Together, the systems provide
consistent and secure access to a common set of data from multiple servers
outperforming single file server solutions. IBM worked with local business
partner Moasys to provide the solution.

Contacts:
HwaYoung Kim
IBM Korea
hykim@kr.ibm.com
+ 82 10 4995 5847

Svetlana Stavreva.
IBM Media relations, Growth Markets
stavreva@at.ibm.com
+43 664 6186851

Jonathan Batty
IBM Growth Markets
Jonathan.batty@pl.ibm.com
+48 693935403

SOURCE IBM

Website: http://www.ibm.com
 
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