The UK Met Office is rolling out the Allinea DDT debugger on its newest supercomputers. The debugging tool will be used to help the scientists and developers to develop their widely used forecasting software for the new Cray XC40 systems.
The Cray systems are anticipated to be some of the largest in the weather community when fully operational in 2017. The software that is developed by the UK Met Office has global impact as it is used by many institutions around the world to provide forecasts that enable society to prepare and respond to weather events.
The new supercomputer will allow us give more accurate and reliable forecasts by increasing both resolutions and complexity of the science we implement,” Dr Paul Selwood, Manager of HPC Optimization. “Developing for a system on this scale means it is more important than ever to give the developers and scientists access to tools that can handle the massive concurrency.”
Allinea Software’s debugging software is being deployed on the new systems used by software teams within the Met Office headquarters and at a number of partnering research universities in the UK – and will help scientists to develop new forecasting models more rapidly as they seek to enhance the capabilities of the Met Office codes.
Allinea DDT provides our team with the capability and scalability to address our ambitions for the Cray system,” adds Selwood, “Very few tools integrate well into the complex workflows that are used for weather forecasting – Allinea DDT does so very well!”
The UK Met Office is a recognized pre-eminent weather organization,” adds David Lecomber, CEO of Allinea Software, “We are excited to be growing our relationship with UKMO at this exciting time for application developers in the field of weather and climate research.”