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Leading national weather services and earth system research centers choose Cray

High-resolution numerical weather prediction and earth system climate modeling are grand challenge problems requiring enormous computational power. Meteorological forecasting services need to run comprehensive global and high resolution regional numerical weather prediction forecasting suites within operational time constraints, especially in the case of severe weather events. Climate research centers need to support large long-running global climate simulations within a multi-disciplinary environment with rigorous reproducibility requirements. It’s why leading national weather services and earth system research centers such as the Deutscher Wetterdienst,  European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, Korea Meteorological Administration, Met Office, MeteoSwiss and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration choose Cray.

Cray’s robust high performance computing, storage and data analytics solutions are designed to handle the earth science community’s biggest challenges. Our expertise in architecting, optimizing and supporting large-scale environments provides weather organizations with the ability to provide reliable, on-time delivery of forecasting guidance with greater certainty and detail at the earliest stages of operation.

Balanced, high performance capability computing systems such as the Cray® XC™ series massively parallel supercomputer deliver climate and weather results in the shortest time possible while also allowing users to investigate increasingly complex phenomena. The capacity-oriented Cray® CS™ series cluster supercomputers offer high performance and maximum configuration flexibility. Cray scalable storage solutions provide integrated, reliable and modular scale-out Lustre® storage to maximize file system performance and scalability at any size. And as the need to exploit big data heightens, the Urika® family of analytics appliances transforms big data problems into meaningful information.

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Cray Helps Scale Up the UPSCALE Climate Project

UPSCALE, PRACE and Cray work to redefine the boundaries on climate science.

Cray Solutions for Earth Sciences

Cray brings sustained performance, system reliability and decades of supercomputing expertise to the earth sciences' data-intensive computing tasks.

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Case Studies

Cray Helps Scale Up the UPSCALE Climate Project

UPSCALE, PRACE and Cray work to redefine the boundaries on climate science.

KMA and Cray Joint Earth System Research Center

The Korea meteorological Administration and Cray are working together to advance the science of earth system modeling over the East-Asia Pacific region.

Defending Earth Against Space Weather

Researchers use the Cray XT "Jaguar" supercomputer to understand solar storms.

KMA Leads Asia-Pacific with New Supercomputing Power

Given its demanding operational and research requirements, KMA needed superior delivered applicaton performance and a robust overall solution. They selected the powerful Cray XE6 supercomputer, featuring the Gemini interconnect.

Researchers Model Hurricanes Using "Jaguar" and Airplanes

Scientists predict disaster with models, supercomputers and perfect storms.

Using “Franklin,” Scientists Link Cyclones to Pliocene Warming

Why was the Pliocene epoch — under conditions similar to today — so much hotter? Recent research suggests tropical cyclones (also called hurricanes or typhoons) may have played a crucial role.

Multinational Effort Tackles Climate Change Prediction

This intersection of computing power and scientific knowledge resulted in one of the largest climate experiments in history.

Predicting the Magnitude of Large-Impact Earthquakes

It may be impossible to predict the day and time of an earthquake, but researchers at the National Autonomous University of Mexico aren’t taking no for an answer. They’re just asking a different question.

Producing More Accurate Weather Forecasts

Weather forecasts are based on numerical models that simulate the behavior of the atmosphere. Using a supercomputer, researchers solve a weather model over a precisely defined geographical area, known as a three-dimensional grid of points.

Cray Customizes a Complete, Fully Integrated Compute and Storage Solution for the Korea Meteorological Administration

Cray's solution helps the KMA protect its nation with reliable meteorological observation, analysis and forecast services. 

Customer Solutions

Korea Meteorological Administration: National Center for Meteorological Supercomputer

A look at the KMA's supercomputing resources and the use of numerical weather prediction in Korea.

White Papers, Briefs and Reports

Cray Solutions for Earth Sciences

Cray brings sustained performance, system reliability and decades of supercomputing expertise to the earth sciences' data-intensive computing tasks.

Cray Storage in Earth Sciences

Cray supercomputers (XE, XK, XC and CS series) are well established in the earth sciences market, especially for the larger weather and climate centers that require extreme levels of computing.

Computational Considerations for High Resolution Global Weather Forecasts at KMA

A report from the Korea Meteorological Administration on performance optimization for numerical weather prediction forecast models.

Performance and Application of Observation Sensitivity to Global Forecasts on the KMA Cray XE6

This paper describes an analysis of the observation sensitivity for Unified Model data assimilation using Typhoon Dianmou as the test case. 

Cray Technical Enterprise Solutions for Weather, Climate and Ocean Sciences

Cray supercomputers are synonymous with solving mission-critical scientific problems and have been systems of choice for years in the earth system research and operational communities.

Altair-Cray Brochure: Improving the Accuracy of Weather Prediction

Using a Cray supercomputer with Altair’s PBS Professional scheduler provides weather prediction centers with a rich solution for optimized forecasting.

Operational Numerical Weather Prediction Job Scheduling at the Petascale

The Cray XE6 supercomputer, in conjunction with Altair PBS Professional, provides a rich scheduling environment designed to support and maximize the specific features of the Cray architecture.

Cray Supercomputers in Climate, Weather and Ocean Modeling

Cray supercomputers are synonymous with solving mission-critical scientific problems and have been systems of choice for years in the earth system research and operational communities.

Superordenadores Cray en la Modelización Climática, Oceanográfica y del Tiempo

Los superordenadores Cray están identificados con la solución de problemas científicos críticos y han sido los sistemas elegidos durante muchos años por la comunidad investigadora de sistemas terrestres donde la capacidad para la computación en entornos de explotación es de una importancia estratégica.

Petascale Opportunities for Numerical Weather Prediction

The Weather Research and Forecasting model and the “Nature Run” dataset were used to examine the scalability of a next‐generation high-resolution scientific problem on a petascale Cray XT5 architecture.