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Germany’s DWD Picks PBS Professional to Manage Cray XC30 Workloads

PrintToday Altair announced that one of the world’s premier numerical weather prediction centers, Germany’s national meteorological service Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), has selected Altair’s PBS Professional for workload management on its two Cray XC30 supercomputing systems.

At DWD it is our mission to ensure the highest levels of accuracy in weather and climate information services,” said Dr. Dieter Schröder, CIO at DWD. “Our researchers and scientists must be able to rely on their supercomputing systems for high availability, performance and scalability, so we needed a workload manager proven to operate in large, complex production environments. PBS Professional provides the bulletproof reliability and flexibility we need to manage our critical numerical weather prediction workloads and ensure faster, more reliable computing performance.”

Researchers at DWD will utilize the petascale systems to produce higher resolution and more accurate global and regional weather predictions to help fulfill the organization’s wide array of weather responsibilities, including the meteorological safeguarding of aviation and shipping and the issuance of official warnings of weather occurrences that could become dangerous to public safety.

Everyone relies on weather prediction, from first responders to vacationing golfers,” said Bill Nitzberg, chief technology officer of PBS Works at Altair. “Delivering high-fidelity, accurate and timely forecasts requires a level of reliability and performance far above what is required in other HPC areas. Reliability is a key strength for PBS Professional, which is why top global weather centers like DWD choose Altair for the workload management capabilities required to deliver their world-class services.”

A longtime leader in HPC workload management, Altair’s PBS Professional has been used for more than 20 years at thousands of customer sites to easily share distributed computing resources across geographic boundaries. PBS Professional is the flagship product for PBS Works™, a comprehensive suite for optimizing HPC and cloud computing environments including portal products for job management, analytics and remote visualization.

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