March 6, 1998
DOE's Biological and Environmental Research (BER) Program has announced
that it will fund a joint climate research project between NERSC
and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) to investigate
how widely used climate models can be run effectively and efficiently
on massively parallel processing supercomputers. NERSC will probably
focus work initially on the Modular Ocean Model developed at the
GFDL, and investigate additional models in future years.
The proposal looked at the bottlenecks that have prevented the
effective and efficient use of state-of-art scalable systems for
climate research, then proposed developing new computing technologies
to eliminate the bottlenecks. NERSC will work closely with the model
developers at GFDL to incorporate the improvements into the models.