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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, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, Korea Meteorological Administration, Met Office, MeteoSwiss and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration choose Cray.

Cray’s robust 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 Cray® Urika®-GX agile analytics platform fuses supercomputing technologies with an open, enterprise-ready software framework for big data analytics. The Urika-GX system gives customers unprecedented versatility for running multiple analytics workloads concurrently on a single platform that leverages the speed of a Cray supercomputer.

Featured Resources

Cray Urika-GX Agile Analytics Platform for Earth Sciences

Powerful, integrated analytics for weather and climate operations

KMA Leads Asia-Pacific with Cray Supercomputing Power

Given its demanding operational and research requirements, KMA needed superior sustained application performance and a robust overall solution. They selected the powerful Cray XC40 supercomputer, featuring the Aries interconnect, and Cray Sonexion Lustre storage systems.

Optimizations of the Unified Model Code on the Cray XC30 Supercomputer "ARCHER" Yield Up to 16 Percent Speedup

The Met Office Unified Model (UM) is a numerical weather prediction and climate modeling software suite used for simulating weather, climate and earth system processes.

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Case Studies

Optimizations of the Unified Model Code on the Cray XC30 Supercomputer "ARCHER" Yield Up to 16 Percent Speedup

The Met Office Unified Model (UM) is a numerical weather prediction and climate modeling software suite used for simulating weather, climate and earth system processes.

KMA Leads Asia-Pacific with Cray Supercomputing Power

Given its demanding operational and research requirements, KMA needed superior sustained application performance and a robust overall solution. They selected the powerful Cray XC40 supercomputer, featuring the Aries interconnect, and Cray Sonexion Lustre storage systems.

Cray Helps Scale Up the UPSCALE Climate Project

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

Cray Helps Prepare ECMWF’s Integrated Forecast System for Exascale

A European weather bureau used a Cray XC30 supercomputer, along with the Cray “Titan” system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, to help ensure the future scalability of thermal radiation computations. 

COSMO Dynamics and Physics Modules Are Accelerated as a Part of HP2C Initiative Using OpenACC

Developers from the Center for Climate Systems Modeling at ETH Zurich and MeteoSwiss have successfully implemented a GPU-capable version of the COSMO atmospheric model using a combination of a newly-developed domain specific library and OpenACC.

Allinea DDT Helps Weather and Climate Codes Scale Up for the Cray XC40

While the predictability – or seemingly lack thereof – of weather patterns is a headline-grabbing topic, great strides are being made to increase the fidelity and range of forecasts on both a local level and global scale.

White Papers, Briefs and Reports

Cray Urika-GX Agile Analytics Platform for Earth Sciences

Powerful, integrated analytics for weather and climate operations

Cray Storage in Earth Sciences

Cray supercomputers 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. 

Operational Numerical Weather Prediction Job Scheduling at the Petascale

Cray supercomputers, in conjunction with Altair PBS Professional, provide a rich scheduling environment designed to support and maximize specific features of the Cray architecture.

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Cray Blog - Earth Sciences

Commentary and insight from Cray’s top experts and customers

Forecasts: Made Possible by Cray

Safeguarding nations against extreme weather events depends on accurate weather forecasts. Over half the world’s global weather modeling centers are using Cray supercomputers to produce them.

Computing and Meteorology in Brazil

See how CPTEC is using the Cray supercomputer "Tupa" for weather forecasting in Brazil and neighboring South American countries.

Cray at the Korea Meteorological Association

Explore the recent Cray XC system deployments at the Korea Meteorological Association.

Met Office Phase 1a Supercomputer

The first phase of the new Met Office supercomputer went live on August 25, 2015. Watch their time lapse video to see it in action.

Met Office Phase 1b Supercomputer

The second phase of the Met Office supercomputer is up and running. Like the first phase, it was installed, tested and operational more than a month ahead of schedule.

ECMWF Supercomputer Centre

Overview of ECMWF’s HPC facility, one of the largest in Europe and at the core of the Centre’s numerical weather prediction activities.

Interview with Per Nyberg at the ECMWF HPC Workshop, October 2014

Cray's Per Nyberg discusses trends and challenges in supercomputing and the weather and climate communities.