NCAR joins Intel Parallel Computing Centers program

By Marijke Unger
04/23/2014 - 12:00am

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) announced today that they will join the Intel Parallel Computing Centers program. Participants in the program will develop methods to increase the performance of applications that use advanced microprocessor technologies and will help train the next generation of scientists and engineers who will apply these new technologies to challenges of societal importance...(Continue reading)

NCAR's advanced research version of the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF) was used last year to simulate air flow in and around 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. In this 3-D simulation of potential temperature, relatively cool air wraps around Sandy's core near the surface (purple and blue colors), while air parcels gain heat from moisture condensing into clouds and precipitation as they ascend through the storm’s core. (©UCAR. Image courtesy Mel Shapiro, NCAR. This image is freely available for media & nonprofit use.) Video animations are available of this simulation and several others here.

CU-Boulder is setting up a small cluster containing the Intel® Xeon PhiTM coprocessor, provided to CU-Boulder by Intel, in order to give students and researchers access to these new Intel architectures for porting and tuning their scientific applications.