iCAS Symposium 2019

International Computing in the Atmospheric Sciences

Sep. 8 to Sep. 12, 2019

9:00 am – 4:00 pm MDT

Stresa, Italy

Machine learning, CMIP6 take the iCAS stage

International Computing for the Atmospheric Sciences Symposium

More than 50 attendees from around the world heard about machine learning efforts and CMIP6 progress at sites worldwide at the 2019 International Computing in the Atmospheric Sciences (iCAS) symposium, September 8-12, in Stresa, Italy.

The symposium’s themes included machine learning, CMIP6, storage and computing in the cloud, and new technologies, but machine learning permeated many presentations. From Richard Gerber’s discussion on Monday of the machine learning use cases to be served by the Perlmutter system being acquired by the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Supercomputing Center (NERSC) to Niall Robinson’s Thursday talk on machine learning at the UK Met Office, machine learning is clearly on the rise at centers around the world.

Attendees also learned about the technical, philosophical, and data management challenges related to the construction and operations of the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) in a Wednesday keynote by Alisdair Davey, Data Center Scientist for the DKIST project at the US National Solar Observatory.

The iCAS symposium strives to bring together an international group of center directors and specialists from the atmospheric and related geosciences communities to discuss advances in the ever changing computing landscape. 

​Anke Kamrath & David Hart
iCAS 2019


Please see each day for specific information

3:00-5:00pm     Early Registration

5:00-7:00pm     Welcome Reception

9:00am    Welcome Coffee

9:45am    Opening Remarks/Anke Kamrath

10:00am "Present State and Future of Computing at ECMWF"
                Martin Palkovič

10:30am  Break

11:00am "NERSC 9: A Pre-Exacscale System for Simulation, Data, and Learning"
                Richard Gerber
                National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center

11:30am  Vendor- Cray
              "Cray's Vision for converged architectures and emerging HPC technologies"
                Ilene Carpenter

12:00pm Lunch

1:30pm   Vendor- PGI
              "PGI Compiler Assisted Software Testing"
               Dave Norton

2:00pm  "Applying Data Analytics and Machine Learning to Storage Systems to Help Meet Organizational Goals"
               Bill Anderson

2:30pm "The New Innovation Game: Rebooting Infrastructure for more productive Climate, Weather, Earth, and Environmental Systems Research"
              Ben Evans
              National Computational Infrastructure (Australia)

3:00pm  Break

3:30pm "Data Assimilation using the US National Water Model: Application to Hurricane Florence"
              Moha el Gharamti

4:00pm "Pangeo: The quest to give scientists back their flow"
              Niall Robinson
              UK Met Office Informatics Lab

4:30pm "Climate modeling workflow at IPSL: Producing (a lot of) CMIP6 simulations and making sense of them"
              Sébastien Denvil
              Institute Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL)

5:00pm Reception

8:00am    Welcome Coffee

9:00am   "NCAR's CMIP6 Efforts"
                Sheri Mickelson

9:30am   "Ultra-high resolution supercell simluations visualized with Vapor 3"
                Leigh Orf
                University of Wisconsin

10:00am "How to use deep learning in weather and climate models"
                Peter Dueben
                European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts

10:30am  Break

11:00am  Vendor-Mellanox
                "InfiniBand In-Network Computing Technology for Compute Intensive Applications"
                 Richard Graham

11:30am "Accelerating Improvements cycle in the climate
               modeling enterprise"
                Antonio Navarra
                Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change (CMCC)

12:00pm "Status of climate prediction and future challenges"
                François Counillon
                Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center

12:30pm  Afternoon off

2:00pm   Bus leaves for Lake Orta Excursion
               ~4 hour excursion

8:00am    Welcome Coffee

9:00am    "The Daniel K. Inoue Solar Telescope (DKIST): A Next Generation Ground Based Solar Telescope"
                 Alisdair Davey
                 National Solar Observatory

10:00am "Machine Learning and Data Driven HPC at NCAR: Strategy and State of Play"
                Rich Loft

10:30am  Break

11:00am "CMIP6 data infrastructure at DKRZ"
               Stephan Kindermann
               German Climate Computing Centre (DKRZ)

11:30am  Vendor- ARM
              "Applications performance on Arm HPC architecture"
               Phil Ridley

12:00pm Lunch

1:30pm   Vendor- NVIDIA
             "GPU Benefits for Applications in Weather and Climate"
              Stan Posey and David Hall

2:00pm "Evolving HPC and application design toward a couple data assimilation system at NASA suitable for emerging Exascale platforms"
              William Putman

2:30pm "ESiWACE, the Center of Excellence in Simulation of Weather and Climate in Europe"
              Joachim Biercamp

3:00pm  Break

3:30pm  Vendor- Intel
             “Insight into Intel innovations that will bring enhancement for HPC applications”
              Andrea Luiselli

4:00pm "Insights into Cloud Technologies and Machine Learning for Scientific Data"
              Sara Graves
              University of Alabama, Huntsville

4:30pm  "Toward Global Mesoscale Climate Prediction"
              James Kinter
              Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies

5:00pm   Adjourn until Banquet

7:00pm   Banquet

8:00am    Welcome Coffee

9:00am   "Machine Learning at the Met Office"
                Niall Robinson
                UK Met Office Informatics Lab

9:30am    "E3SM Data Management and Publication"
                 Rick Wagner

10:00am   "The Future of Scientific Observation: Artificial
                  Intelligence at the Edge"
                 Pete Beckman
                 Argonne National Laboratory

10:30am  Break

11:00am "NCAR Plan for Science at Scale"
               Jeff de La Beaujardiere

11:30am  "New Frontiers in CI and Computing for Climate and Weather Applications and How They Relate to the NSF Ten Big Ideas"
                Subashree Mishra
                U.S. National Science Foundation

12:00pm  Lunch

1:30pm   "The Current Status of High Performance Computing and CMIP6 at CMA"
                Dr. Wang Bin
                National Meteorological Information Centre, CMA

2:00pm  "NCAR's Next Procurement: Meeting User's Reliability and Storage Demands"
               David Hart

2:30pm   "Preliminary Study Result of Purpose Build Computing for Weather and Climate Models"
                Tsengdar Lee

3:00pm   Concluding Remarks/Anke Kamrath

3:30pm   Farewell Reception


The following participated in iCAS2019.

For additional contact information please contact either Kristi Hartsock or Joan Fisher

Adamidis, Panagiotis
DKRZ / German Climate Computing Center

Andersen, Aaron

Anderson, Bill

Beckman, Pete
Argonne National Laboratory

Bin, Wang
National Meteorological Information Center

Carpenter, Ilene

Clune, Thomas

Counillon, Francois
NERSC / University of Bergen

Davey, Alisdair
National Solar Observatory

de La Beaujardiere, Jeff

Denvil, Sebastien

Dueben, Peter

Duffy, Daniel

Evans, Ben
NCI Australia

Fisher, Joan

Gerber, Richard
NERSC / Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

Graham, Richard
Mellanox Technologies

Graves, Sara
University of Alabama in Huntsville

Hall, David

Hart, David

Hartsock, Kristi

Inoue, Takahiro

Kamrath, Anke

Kindermann, Dr. Stephan
Deutsche Klimarechenzentrum GmbH

Kinter, Jim
COLA / George Mason University

Kotamarthi, Veerabhadra Rao
Argonne National Laboratory 

Lee, Tsengdar

Li, Heng
Tsinghua University

Loft, Dr. Richard

Ludwig, Thomas
German Climate Computing Center


Mishra, Subhashree

Norton, Dave

Orf, Leigh
University of Wisconsin, Madison  / SSEC

Palkovic, Martin

Posey, Stan

Putman, William

Ramos, Bonnie
Alliance Technology

Robinson, Niall
Met Office

Rosenbloom, Nan

Saarinen, Sami

Wagner, Rick

Weger, Isabella

WU, Huanping
National Climate Center / CMA

ZUO, Haojia
Tsinghua University

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iCAS 2019 Symposium — Stresa, Italy — 8–12 Sept. 2019

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