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Primeur weekly 2019-02-18

Focus

2018 - Another year on the Road to Exascale - Part III - Software and applications ...

EOSCpilot science demonstrators boost follow-up initiatives in federating European Open Science Cloud concept ...

Quantum computing

Questions in quantum computing: How to move electrons with light ...

Focus on Europe

Arm SVE Hackathon to focus on Arm Scalable Performance for HPC and ML ...

EuroHPC Summit Week 2019: PRACEdays19 Call for Contributions and Posters is open ...

PRACE Ada Lovelace Award nominations open ...

Middleware

Bright Computing selects XENON as an Asia Pacific Services Partner ...

Hardware

RIKEN issues call for proposals for the name of the post-K ...

Fujitsu receives order for massively parallel supercomputer system called Oakbridge-CX from the University of Tokyo ...

Cray reports 2018 full year and fourth quarter financial results ...

South African Weather Center doubles computing and triples storage system capacities with Cray ...

WekaIO Matrix cements its storage leadership with groundbreaking performance and latency results on SPEC SFS 2014 ...

NERSC tape archives make the move to Berkeley Lab's Shyh Wang Hall ...

NVIDIA announces financial results for fourth quarter and fiscal 2019 ...

Applications

CERIC-ERIC call for proposals is now open ...

CalTech researcher uses Blue Waters to model galactic atmospheres ...

Six research groups awarded new GLCPC allocations on Blue Waters supercomputer ...

Visualizing biomedical breakthroughs in data ...

Theories describe dynamically disordered solid materials ...

Dark fiber lays groundwork for long-distance earthquake detection and groundwater mapping ...

Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers, supercomputing effort reveal antibody secrets ...

ORNL teams with Los Alamos and EPB to demonstrate next-generation grid security tech ...

The Cloud

IBM Watson now available anywhere ...

South African Weather Center doubles computing and triples storage system capacities with Cray

13 Feb 2019 Seattle - Cray was awarded contracts with Eclipse Holdings Ltd. to expand and upgrade the South African Weather Service's (SAWS) Cray XC30-AC supercomputer and ClusterStor L300 storage system used for operational weather forecasting. These upgrades provide SAWS with the additional compute and storage capacity required to handle the agency's increased workload demands for providing the government, aviation, marine and other industries with crucial climate and weather forecasting information.

SAWS is one of over 20 national and military global weather centres that depend on Cray to meet operational uptime and mission requirements every day. Cray's long-standing relationship with SAWS has allowed the weather center to take on weather and climate modelling responsibilities as the only World Meteorological Organization (WMO) community member and long-range global modelling centre in Africa. The installation at SAWS was also Cray's first-ever installation in Africa.

The Cray XC30 supercomputer and Lustre file system at SAWS has been in operation since 2014 and experienced zero down time while in service. By choosing to upgrade its existing Cray system, SAWS was able to expand the system and meet operational requirements, doubling compute capacity and tripling its ClusterStor L300 storage system capacity.

"SAWS has experienced great success in the last four years using its existing Cray XC30 supercomputer and ClusterStor storage system", stated Nico Meintjes, CEO at Eclipse Holdings Ltd. "As SAWS began to receive more tasks from the South African government, doubling computing needs, this put significant strain on system performance. With these growing needs, expanding and upgrading its Cray solutions was clearly the strongest choice. Now, with the Cray upgrades in place, SAWS has doubled its compute capacity and has tripled storage capacity and bandwidth."

"It's an exciting time in weather forecasting as organisations embrace artificial intelligence to more accurately predict forecasts and weather patterns", stated Ilene Carpenter, earth sciences segment director at Cray. "As weather simulations grow more advanced and comprehensive, generating weather predictions is an increasingly data-intensive task. With the Cray system upgrades in place, SAWS has the storage and compute resources needed to handle an increasing number of hydrometeorological observations and to run higher fidelity weather and climate models."

Timely and accurate weather alerts and warnings help weather-sensitive sectors and the general public prepare for and mitigate the impact of severe weather events. SAWS' research and forecasts, backed by supercomputing capabilities, play an important role in supporting decision makers at the local, provincial and national levels. These activities support South Africa's WeatherSMART Nation vision, Innovating, Adapting and Facing the Future Together.

The upgrades were delivered in March 2018 and the system was relocated to a new data centre by Cray and Eclipse Holdings in April 2018.
Source: Cray

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2019-02-18

Focus

2018 - Another year on the Road to Exascale - Part III - Software and applications ...

EOSCpilot science demonstrators boost follow-up initiatives in federating European Open Science Cloud concept ...

Quantum computing

Questions in quantum computing: How to move electrons with light ...

Focus on Europe

Arm SVE Hackathon to focus on Arm Scalable Performance for HPC and ML ...

EuroHPC Summit Week 2019: PRACEdays19 Call for Contributions and Posters is open ...

PRACE Ada Lovelace Award nominations open ...

Middleware

Bright Computing selects XENON as an Asia Pacific Services Partner ...

Hardware

RIKEN issues call for proposals for the name of the post-K ...

Fujitsu receives order for massively parallel supercomputer system called Oakbridge-CX from the University of Tokyo ...

Cray reports 2018 full year and fourth quarter financial results ...

South African Weather Center doubles computing and triples storage system capacities with Cray ...

WekaIO Matrix cements its storage leadership with groundbreaking performance and latency results on SPEC SFS 2014 ...

NERSC tape archives make the move to Berkeley Lab's Shyh Wang Hall ...

NVIDIA announces financial results for fourth quarter and fiscal 2019 ...

Applications

CERIC-ERIC call for proposals is now open ...

CalTech researcher uses Blue Waters to model galactic atmospheres ...

Six research groups awarded new GLCPC allocations on Blue Waters supercomputer ...

Visualizing biomedical breakthroughs in data ...

Theories describe dynamically disordered solid materials ...

Dark fiber lays groundwork for long-distance earthquake detection and groundwater mapping ...

Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers, supercomputing effort reveal antibody secrets ...

ORNL teams with Los Alamos and EPB to demonstrate next-generation grid security tech ...

The Cloud

IBM Watson now available anywhere ...