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Cray Powers Weather Forecasting at ZAMG in Austria

Today Cray announced that the Central Institution for Meteorology and Geodynamics in Austria (ZAMG) is using a Cray supercomputer to support a multi-year weather nowcasting project with the University of Vienna to benefit society and industry. “Using deep learning methods, ZAMG is leveraging its Cray CS-Storm supercomputer to optimize the orientation of wind-powered generators for maximum efficiency and to train neural networks with current and historical weather data.”

Video: Advancing U.S. Weather Prediction Capabilities with Exascale HPC

Mark Govett from NOAA gave this talk at the GPU Technology Conference. “We’ll discuss the revolution in computing, modeling, data handling and software development that’s needed to advance U.S. weather-prediction capabilities in the exascale computing era. Creating prediction models to cloud-resolving 1 KM-resolution scales will require an estimated 1,000-10,000 times more computing power, but existing models can’t exploit exascale systems with millions of processors. We’ll examine how weather-prediction models must be rewritten to incorporate new scientific algorithms, improved software design, and use new technologies such as deep learning to speed model execution, data processing, and information processing.”

How Deep Learning Could Predict Weather Events

Seongchan Kim from KISTI gave this talk at GTC 2019. “How do meteorologists predict weather or weather events such as hurricanes, typhoons, and heavy rain? Predicting weather events were done based on supercomputer (HPC) simulations using numerical models such as WRF, UM, and MPAS. But recently, many deep learning-based researches have been showing various kinds of outstanding results. We’ll introduce several case studies related to meteorological researches.”

Podcast: Weather Forecasting Goes Crowdsourcing, Q means Quantum

In this episode of Radio Free HPC, Dan, Henry, and Shahin start with a spirited discussion about IBM’s recent announcement of a “crowd sourced weather prediction application.” Henry was dubious as to whether Big Blue could get access to the data they need in order to truly put out a valuable product. Dan had questions about the value of the crowd sourced data and how it could be scrubbed in order to be useful. Shahin was pretty favorable towards IBM’s plans and believes that they will solve the problems that Henry and Dan raised.

ESCAPE-2 Project to develop algorithms for weather and climate prediction at exascale

Today ECMWF launched the ESCAPE-2 project on energy-efficient scalable algorithms for weather and climate prediction at exascale. “It brings together 12 partners, including national meteorological and hydrological services, HPC centers, hardware vendors and universities. The ESCAPE project aims to prepare NWP and climate models for new computing architectures towards exascale computing, with a focus on energy efficiency.”

GPUs Power Performance Breakthrough on TempoQuest Weather Prediction Software

Today TempoQuest announced that it has achieved a breakthrough 700% acceleration of the weather community’s Weather Research Forecast (WRF) model used extensively for real-time forecasting and weather research throughout the world. “The acceleration of regional weather processing times has presented a challenge to forecasters that has taken years to solve,” said TempoQuest President Gene Pache. “Current analytical processes are decades old and until the availability of recent computer acceleration technologies pioneered by NVIDIA, and software platforms like AceCAST, there simply hasn’t been the ability to analyze all the data that drives forecasting speed and accuracy.”

How to Prepare Weather and Climate Models for Future HPC Hardware

Peter Dueben from ECMWF gave this talk at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference. “Learn how one of the leading institutes for global weather predictions, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), is preparing for exascale supercomputing and the efficient use of future HPC computing hardware. I will name the main reasons why it is difficult to design efficient weather and climate models and provide an overview on the ongoing community effort to achieve the best possible model performance on existing and future HPC architectures.”

Job of the Week: Director of Computing at ECMWF

“Supercomputing capability plays a key role in ECMWF’s success and in its ability to implement its strategic vision to 2025. In order to meet the required flexibility for future growth, ECMWF’s data centre is being relocated to Bologna, Italy and will be operational in 2020. The new Director of Computing will be responsible for delivering this challenging transition, fit-out and transformation, whilst ensuring that ECMWF’s computing capability continues to support some of the most critical scientific advances of our time.”

Video: Weather and Climate Modeling at Convection-Resolving Resolution

David Leutwyler from ETH Zurich gave this talk at the 2017 Chaos Communication Congress. “The representation of thunderstorms (deep convection) and rain showers in climate models represents a major challenge, as this process is usually approximated with semi-empirical parameterizations due to the lack of appropriate computational resolution. Climate simulations using kilometer-scale horizontal resolution allow explicitly resolving deep convection and thus allow for an improved representation of the water cycle. We present a set of such simulations covering Europe and global computational domains.”

NOAA Looks to Dell for Massive Supercomputing Upgrade

Today NOAA announced to plans for a major upgrade to its supercomputing capabilities. The upgrade adds 2.8 petaflops of computational power, enabling NOAA’s National Weather Service to implement the next generation Global Forecast System, known as the “American Model,” next year. “Having more computing speed and capacity positions us to collect and process even more data from our newest satellites — GOES-East, NOAA-20 and GOES-S — to meet the growing information and decision-support needs of our emergency management partners, the weather industry and the public.”