I’ve had a fascination with The Weather Channel’s local forecast computers since infantile amnesia set in, so reading this post about the tribulations of the IntelliStar 2, the forecast computer that drives the Local on the 8s programming for The Weather Channel’s high definition simulcast, was a fun read. Apparently the project was in trouble for a while (which is why it took The Weather Channel so long to bring a truly local forecast to the HD channel). The hardware specs are wild:
There ended up being 2 boards and a daughter card to make the I2HD work. The two main boards are PCIe boards and are very complicated. There are several instances of embedded linux running across the boards.
Again, the software was developed in-house. The new renderer was purchased from a 3rd party and integrated into the system (VizRT). The device driver was also done in house. The high level software is written in C#/F# running on Windows Embedded Standard (due to business requirements not present for [IntelliStar 1]).
It’s a pretty complex box doing complex things — constantly ingesting a satellite feed with radar and text products from The Weather Channel and the National Weather Service while driving high definition output 24/7. (Via TWC Today.)