2018 MultiCore 8 Workshop

September 18 & 19, 2018, at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado



The purpose of this workshop is to provide a forum for open discussion to better understand the application of new high performance computing technologies for the next generation of weather, climate, and earth-system models. The new generation of high performance computer architectures has diverse heterogeneous architectures and they present significant challenges to the community working on these models.

Workshop Goals

The workshop primary goals are:

  • Provide a forum to present experiences and lessons learned from development of weather and climate models on these platforms.
  • Create a community of developers to collect and enunciate requirements for next-generation HPC programming models, tools, systems, and hardware.
  • Exchange information and ideas on topics including:
    • Techniques for programming, performance analysis and optimization and I/O strategies on these platforms.
    • Issues surrounding the scalability of these codes on future platforms.
    • Advancements in machine and deep learning techniques for modeling, data analysis and assimilation.
  • Entrain student and early career computational scientists into HPC for earth system applications.

Also please note: CI 2018, The 8th International Workshop on Climate Informatics, will be held at NCAR later the same week, on September 20th and 21st. More information is available on the CI 2018 website: https://www2.cisl.ucar.edu/events/workshops/climate-informatics/2018/home

Workshop Program

The workshop will consist of a limited number of presentations for invited speakers plus a series of 30 minute presentations of selected attendee submissions and a poster session. The deadline for submitting a title and abstract for a presentation or poster is July 15, 2018


Registration is open until September 14th or until there are 80 confirmed registrants. To register and submit an abstract, please complete the form by clicking HERE.

We hope to provide travel support of up to $1,500 for a limited number of out-of-town students/early-career presenters. Awards will be based on availabilty of funds and merit of the submission as determined by the program committee. Travel must be arranged through NCAR. Indicate your interest by completing that section on the registration form.


The workshop will be hosted by the National Center for Atmospheric Research and held in the Mesa Laboratory, 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, CO 80305, September 18 & 19, 2018. 


The Courtyard Boulder is the official conference hotel, located at 4710 Pearl East Circle in Boulder. The room block rate is available for the dates of September 17-22, 2018, using this link.

Conference rate is $169/night. Check-in time is 3:00pm, check-out time 12:00pm on departure day.

For reservations, please call (800) 321-2211 and ask for the NCAR MultiCore room block at the Courtyard in Boulder. 

Room block rate is available until August 20, 2018.

Transportation to Mesa Laboratory

Out of town guests should plan to arrange their own transportation (rental car, bus, Uber/Lyft, etc.) to the Mesa Laboratory as the UCAR shuttle service is reserved for employees only.

Workshop Program Coordinators:

Jed Brown (U. Colorado): jed.brown@colorado.edu
Ilene Carpenter (Cray Inc.): Icarpenter@cray.com
Sunita Chandrasekaran (U. Delaware): schandra@udel.edu
John Dennis (NCAR): dennis@ucar.edu
Bryan Flynt (ESRL): bryan.flynt@noaa.gov
Mark Govett (ESRL): mark.w.govett@noaa.gov
Hans Johansen (LBL): hjohansen@lbl.gov
Richard Loft (NCAR): loft@ucar.edu
Christopher Maynard (UK Met Office): christopher.maynard@metoffice.gov.uk
John Michalakes (UCAR/NRL): michalak@ucar.edu
Andreas Mueller (ECMWF): andreas.mueller@ecmwf.int

Workshop Administrators:

Cecilia Banner: banner@ucar.edu
Elizabeth Faircloth: fair@ucar.edu