EASC2013 - The final day

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 11 Apr 2013 | 12:34

After an enjoyable meal at the HUB last night, the last day of the EASC2013 conference began with a keynote speak from George Mozdzynski, from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).

George begain by describing the societal importance of ECMWF's Integrated Forecasting System (IFS), highlighting the role played in the early prediction of Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall in New Jersey on 30 October 2012. From the 23rd October ECMWF predicted the storm would strike the East Coast of the US, with most other models predicting the storm would move out to sea. Hurrican Sandy was a major meteorological event and George clearly demonstrated how important this early prediction was.

Having described the importance of their model, he then moved on to describe their requirements for exascale-size systems and articulate the challenges associated with exploiting these systems. As a key partner in the CRESTA project, George described their work in this project. In particular, he highlighted their use of Fortran2008 coarrays, noting that this is possibly the first time that coarrays have been used in a world-leading production application within the context of OpenMP parallel regions. He presented results from the UK's National HPC system, HECToR, before describing future work to be carried out on the TITAN system at ORNL, following CRESTA's successful application for INCITE time.

As we approach the end of the conference, we can safely say there has been a whole series of excellent talks followed by dynamic discussion. The remainder of the conference promises to be the same, with our final keynote being provided by Vladimir Voevodin, the Deputy Director on Science in Research Computing Center of the Moscow State University. Professor Voevodin will describe Russia's Approach to Exascale Challenges in Education.