Putting a 1.6 PF supercomputer into production on time and on budget with no interruptions to one of the world’s top meteorological agencies: amazing. And it brought well-earned kudos to Dr. Lesley Seebeck, the chief information officer for Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), who was named the 2017 Australian CIO of the year for the federal government sector.
iTnews, a publisher of IT-related news and research, presented the award to Dr. Seebeck at its annual awards event in February. According to iTnews, “Seebeck’s team correctly predicted several years ago that the agency’s high performance computing system would no longer be up to the task of processing BoM’s complex climate modelling by 2016. The switch to a new Cray XC40 facility last September was seamless, and the power offered by the kit cements the bureau within the top ten meteorological agencies in the world.”
“We are in the middle of a technology revolution,” said Dr. Seebeck at the award ceremony. “We really need to get the game up. Now is the time to make a difference for our organization, for our people and our nation.”
With headquarters in Melbourne and offices in each Australian state capital city, the Bureau of Meteorology is Australia’s national weather, climate and water agency. Its expertise and services help Australians manage the impacts of their natural environment, including drought, floods, fires, storms, tsunamis and tropical cyclones. Through regular forecasts, warnings, monitoring and advice spanning the Australian and Antarctic region, the BOM provides one of the most fundamental and widely used services of government.
“This is an amazing result for BOM, as this award is one of the most prestigious in the industry,” said Nick Gorga, Cray’s VP for Asia-Pacific sales. “We are very proud to have played our part.”
In the past, the BOM ran weather models on earlier-generation Cray® X-MP™ and Cray® Y-MP® supercomputers.