As we highlighted at the recent SC16 conference, Cray’s clients do amazing things that affect ordinary people every day. So it was nice to see MeteoSwiss (Switzerland’s Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology) and the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS), recognized for doing just that.
The Swiss ICT Award 2016 honors MeteoSwiss and CSCS for their work on the COSMO Novel Expert Tool (COSMO-NExT). The award website explains:
“The demands on the national weather service are continuously increasing. Weather simulations are essential for flight safety, storm warnings and in the event of nuclear or chemical disasters. In order to achieve accurate forecasts and create more realistic simulations, new and higher resolution weather models with a mesh distance of about one kilometre are needed. To meet this requirement, meteorologists, researchers and companies from different disciplines have joined forces to develop the COSMO Novel Expert Tool (COSMO-NExT), a new generation of software and computers that has made MeteoSwiss a global pioneer in high-resolution weather models.”
MeteoSwiss runs a Cray CS-Storm™ cluster system with NVIDIA® Tesla® K80 GPUs. It is the world’s first operational weather forecasting system using GPUs as the primary computational engine. The CSCS runs “Piz Daint,” a combined Cray XC50™ and XC40™ system that sits at No. 8 on the November 2016 TOP500 list.
We are happy to congratulate our friends at MeteoSwiss and CSCS for this well-deserved recognition. They are doing work that is invaluable.