Since the dawn of high performance computing, climate modeling has been one of its most demanding domains. The hunger for computational capability is unending, as researchers work to incorporate more of nature’s complexity into their models at higher resolutions. HPCwire talked with NOAA/GFDL Deputy Director Brian Gross and Venkatramani Balaji, head of the lab’s Modeling Systems Group.
Hyperlocal forecasting enabled by improvements to global climate model.
The Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms undertook a hybrid computing project called the “Linked Environments for Atmospheric Discovery II” (LEAD II) with the help of the Big Red cluster and Microsoft’s Azure to better predict tornado conditions and to aid in the advancement of VORTEX2 goals.
Hamburg, Germany, is known worldwide for its harbor, its red-light district, the Reeperbahn, and the fresh sea breeze. On December 10, Hamburg added another feature of worldwide interest when an IBM supercomputer devoted to climate research was inaugurated, just in time for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
Blue Waters’ expense has some calling for project’s justification; and new German weather system has official launch party. We recap those stories and more in our weekly wrapup.