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Primeur weekly 2015-10-05

Special

Developing hardware for the exascale era in the DEEP and DEEP-ER projects ...

Exascale supercomputing

Is 3D-stacked memory the solution for HPC? ...

Quantum computing

Scientists produce status check on quantum teleportation ...

Focus on Europe

12th PRACE Call for Proposals for Project Access now open ...

ESiWACE and ESCAPE: integrating leading edge climate and weather simulations into HPC ...

Human Brain Project (HBP) pre-commercial procurement has entered its final phase ...

Imperial announces winner of competition to name supercomputer ...

NLeSC Integrator Barend Mons appointed Chair of European Commission's high level expert group ...

Middleware

IBM expands Watson platform for next generation of builders; extends industry's largest portfolio of cognitive APIs ...

Hardware

Large hyper data centres making use of Climaveneta high efficiency solutions ...

Dialog Semiconductor to acquire Atmel for $4.6 billion ...

IBM research breakthrough paves way for post-silicon future with carbon nanotube electronics ...

Mellanox Technologies announces definitive agreement to acquire EZchip ...

Kyoto University's Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics awards supercomputer contract to Cray ...

Applications

SDSC extends its "network" with Graph Analytics Training ...

NVIDIA designates University of Wyoming as GPU research centre ...

Spectacular new era in satellite meteorology unveiled ...

University of Maryland awarded $1 million from NIST for next-generation cryptography ...

NWSC Visitor Center designed to educate and inspire public about science ...

New supercomputer software takes us one giant step closer to simulating the human brain ...

Titan helps unpuzzle decades-old plutonium perplexities ...

Alexander Szalay named recipient of 2015 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award ...

The Cloud

SDSC upgrades Cloud computing and storage services ...

Cloud28+ community launches Unified European Cloud Catalogue ...

ESiWACE and ESCAPE: integrating leading edge climate and weather simulations into HPC


29 Sep 2015 Rome - An international workshop on High Performance Computing has opened in Rome under the auspices of the European Commission (EC). As part of its strategy to structure the European HPC-ecosystem, the EC is bringing together EXDCI - the European eXtreme Data and Computing Initiative; ETP4HPC - the European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing; PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe; and the European Commission.

The workshop aims to facilitate collaborations between the newly funded Centres of Excellence (CoE), the FETHPC projects - Future and Emerging Technologies: High Performance Computing, PRACE, and ETP4HPC and to foster synergies and establish links between the stakeholders. The climate and weather communities are both represented through ESiWACE, a CoE, and ESCAPE, an FETHPC project. The two projects are starting within the next few days and are using the opportunities offered by the Rome conference to introduce themselves to the communities.

ESiWACE, coordinated by Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum (DKRZ), will substantially improve efficiency and productivity of numerical weather and climate simulation on high-performance computing platforms by supporting the end-to-end workflows in global Earth system modelling for top-of-the-edge HPC environments.

This will be obtained by improving and supporting:

1. Scalability of models, tools and data management on state-of-the-art supercomputer systems

2. Usability of models and tools throughout the European HPC eco-system

3. Exploitability of the huge amount of resulting data.

Joachim Biercamp, Head of the Applications department at DKRZ and coordinator of ESiWACE, stated: "Particularly for the weather and climate domain, solutions for cross-cutting HPC challenges will be developed by this new Centre of Excellence. This will range from the development of specific software products to the deployment of user services for both, computing and data storage."

ESiWACE leverages two established European networks, namely:

  • the European Network for Earth System modelling (ENES), https://verc.enes.org/ , representing the European climate modelling community
  • the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), http://www.ecmwf.int .

The governance structure that defines the services to be provided will be driven by the European weather and climate science community. Weather and climate computing has always been one of the key drivers for HPC development, with domain specific scientific and technical requirements that stretch the capability and capacity of existing software and hardware to its limits.

By developing solutions for Europe and at European scale, ESiWACE will directly impact on the competitiveness of the European HPC industry by engendering new products, providing opportunities for exploitation beyond the project itself, and by enhancing the skills base of staff in both industry and academia.

ESiWACE will be at once thematic, as it focuses on the HPC application domain of climate and weather modelling; transversal, as it covers several aspects of computational science; and challenge-driven, as climate and weather predictability represents a major societal issue.

The 16 ESiWACE partners are: Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum (DKRZ), European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS-IPSL), the Max Planck Society (MPG), Centre Européen de Recherche et de Formation Avancée en Calcul Scientifique (CERFACS), Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), Science and Technology facilities Council (STFC), UK Met Office (MetO), The University of Reading (UREAD), Sveriges meteorologiska och hydrologiska institut (SMHI), National University of Ireland Galway / Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC), Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC), Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), Seagate Systems UK Ltd. (SEAGATE), ATOS/BULL SAS (Bull), and Allinea Software Ltd. (Allinea).

Coordinated by ECMWF and funded by the European Commission, ESCAPE is a programme aiming to prepare weather forecasting systems for the exascale era of supercomputing. ESCAPE - Energy-efficient Scalable Algorithms for Weather Prediction at Exascale - will address the urgent need to adapt forecasting models to the massively parallel supercomputing facilities of the future.

Peter Bauer, Head of ECMWF's Scalability Programme, stated: "This project will help us to continue to improve our forecasts while moving towards more energy-efficient, highly parallel supercomputers. At a time when climate change brings a growing risk of severe weather events and decision-makers increasingly rely on extended forecasting capabilities, our codes and algorithms must be adapted to work efficiently on tomorrow's computer systems."

ECMWF and its partners on this project are meeting at the Centre's headquarters in Reading, UK on 1 & 2 October for a kick-off meeting, where responsibilities and timelines will be discussed.

ECMWF's partners in the project are Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut; Deutscher Wetterdienst, l'Institut Royal Météorologique de Belgique, Météo-France, MeteoSchweiz, Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Loughborough University, National University of Ireland, Galway, Bull SAS, NVIDIA Corporation, and Optalysys Ltd.

More information on ESiWACE is available at http://www.esiwace.eu/ .

More information on ESCAPE is available at www.ecmwf.int/escape .
Source: ESiWACE

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2015-10-05

Special

Developing hardware for the exascale era in the DEEP and DEEP-ER projects ...

Exascale supercomputing

Is 3D-stacked memory the solution for HPC? ...

Quantum computing

Scientists produce status check on quantum teleportation ...

Focus on Europe

12th PRACE Call for Proposals for Project Access now open ...

ESiWACE and ESCAPE: integrating leading edge climate and weather simulations into HPC ...

Human Brain Project (HBP) pre-commercial procurement has entered its final phase ...

Imperial announces winner of competition to name supercomputer ...

NLeSC Integrator Barend Mons appointed Chair of European Commission's high level expert group ...

Middleware

IBM expands Watson platform for next generation of builders; extends industry's largest portfolio of cognitive APIs ...

Hardware

Large hyper data centres making use of Climaveneta high efficiency solutions ...

Dialog Semiconductor to acquire Atmel for $4.6 billion ...

IBM research breakthrough paves way for post-silicon future with carbon nanotube electronics ...

Mellanox Technologies announces definitive agreement to acquire EZchip ...

Kyoto University's Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics awards supercomputer contract to Cray ...

Applications

SDSC extends its "network" with Graph Analytics Training ...

NVIDIA designates University of Wyoming as GPU research centre ...

Spectacular new era in satellite meteorology unveiled ...

University of Maryland awarded $1 million from NIST for next-generation cryptography ...

NWSC Visitor Center designed to educate and inspire public about science ...

New supercomputer software takes us one giant step closer to simulating the human brain ...

Titan helps unpuzzle decades-old plutonium perplexities ...

Alexander Szalay named recipient of 2015 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award ...

The Cloud

SDSC upgrades Cloud computing and storage services ...

Cloud28+ community launches Unified European Cloud Catalogue ...