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Impact on standards bodies and other relevant international research programmes and frameworks

The most relevant international research programmes supporting weather and climate prediction are WWRP and WCRP, which are administered by WMO. WWRP aims to advance society's ability to cope with high impact weather through research focused on improving the accuracy, lead time and utilization of weather prediction while the WCRP mission is to facilitate analysis and prediction of Earth-system variability and change for use in an increasing range of practical applications of direct relevance, benefit and value to society. Both programmes foster future high-resolution model development to which scalability is recognized as a major impediment. ECMWF is involved in several WWRP and WCRP coordination activities and is therefore in a leading position to inject pathways proposed by ESCAPE into the WMO programmes.

The collaboration with vendors in ESCAPE offers the opportunity for compiler co-design adding leverage at the boundary between hardware and application. The project will establish whether it is possible to retain performance portability with compiler directives, domain-specific languages, or source-to-source translation. ESCAPE aims to identify additional features that would be required to achieve performance portability and communicate back to standards bodies (such as OpenACC and OpenMP) and vendors.

“European excellence in mathematics and algorithms for extreme parallelism and extreme data applications to boost research and innovation in scientific areas such as physics”

Advanced Grant project PantaRhei to develop an "Interdisciplinary Integrated Forecasting System for Fluid Flows”. ERC grants are intended to support the very best research to be conducted in EU Member States and Associated Countries. “Being highly competitive and awarded on the sole criterion of excellence, …the grants are aimed to promote substantial advances at the frontiers of knowledge, and to encourage new productive lines of enquiry and new methods and techniques, including unconventional approaches and investigations at the interface between established disciplines.” (ERC, 2012).