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License for ESCAPE dwarfs available

posted 23 Nov 2017, 01:57 by Daniel Thiemert   [ updated 23 Nov 2017, 01:57 ]

ESCAPE is making part of its developments available to the scientific community by providing a free-of-charge license for the dwarfs developed within ESCAPE.

A numerical weather & climate prediction dwarf is a self-contained set of algorithms representing a key functional block of a forecast model. More specifically, a weather & climate prediction dwarf should encapsulate a relevant characteristic or required functionality of a weather and climate prediction model and it is meant to be a runnable and verifiable mini-application. The specific implementation of a dwarf in ESCAPE is referred to as prototype, where the prototype should represent a new concept or implementation of a weather and climate prediction model. Examples from this perspective are the specialization of a particular dwarf to different hardware (e.g. accelerators) or a new concept allowing the solution of a required functional block in a different manner (e.g. different advection schemes for the dynamical core).

More information on the license is available here.

2nd Dissemination Workshop - Agenda published

posted 16 Aug 2017, 02:38 by Daniel Thiemert   [ updated 16 Aug 2017, 02:38 ]

The second dissemination workshop organised by the ESCAPE project promises to share plenty of experience and results from the first 18 months of the project, including topics such as Weather and Climate Dwarfs, Diagnostics, Code Adaptation, and Hybrid Computing. The final agenda has now been published on the workshop page, and registration is still open until the 28th of August.

Deliverables, Presentations and Publications

posted 19 May 2017, 04:17 by Daniel Thiemert   [ updated 19 May 2017, 04:17 ]

ESCAPE has produced a number of documents in its first 18 months. All (public) deliverables, publications and presentations have now been updated on the website and are available for download. 

2nd Dissemination and Training Workshop

posted 19 May 2017, 04:06 by Daniel Thiemert   [ updated 19 May 2017, 04:07 ]

After the successful first 18 months of the project there is plenty of experience and results we would like to share with the community. The sessions of the 2nd ESCAPE Dissemination and Training Workshop, organised by PSNC in Poznan, Poland, will be organised according to the following topics, including oral presentations, keynote speakers and panel discussions:
- Weather & Climate Dwarfs – aspects and fundamental building blocks underlying weather and climate services;
- Diagnostics methods and tools, co-design and algorithms development for use in extreme-scale, HPC applications, minimising time- and cost-to-solution;
- Code adaptation and hybrid computing to exploit higher-level data structures, language abstractions, specialised accelerators and alternative technologies;
- Relevant EU projects involving HPC for weather, climate, ocean and sea, Earth System Modelling communities;
- Panel discussions on key issues from the workshop.
Details on the workshop will be published on the workshop page.

Summer School - Extended Deadline and Full Programme

posted 6 Apr 2017, 00:11 by Daniel Thiemert   [ updated 6 Apr 2017, 00:11 ]

The ESCAPE-organised Young Scientist Summer School 2017 has extended the deadline for applications to attend the Copenhagen event until the 1st of May 2017. In addition, the full programme is now available. You can find the details on the application process and the programme on the event page.

Training Material and Grant Schemes

posted 14 Mar 2017, 06:21 by Daniel Thiemert   [ updated 14 Mar 2017, 06:29 ]

Following the successful Undergraduate Training organised by ESCAPE partner PSNC in Poznan, Poland, a new section has been added to the ESCAPE website, focusing on Young Scientists. Here you can find the training material provided by ESCAPE partners related to High Performance Computing and Numerical Weather Prediction, as well as information on available grant schemes.

Undergraduate Training - Final Programme Online

posted 23 Jan 2017, 01:15 by Daniel Thiemert   [ updated 24 Jan 2017, 01:10 ]

The Undergraduate Training organised by ESCAPE will take place between the 27th and 28th February in Poznan, and can also be attended through online streaming for those unable to go to Poznan. It will cover aspects of Numerical Weather Prediction and High Performance Computing. The final programme has been published here and registration is still open.

Young Scientist Summer School 2017

posted 16 Jan 2017, 06:39 by Daniel Thiemert   [ updated 16 Jan 2017, 06:40 ]

ECMWF is organising a Young Scientist Summer School (YSSS) in August 2017. The YSSS will introduce the young generation of researchers in numerical weather prediction, ocean, climate relevant topics as well as modern computational physics & energy efficient computing. During the school, the participants will get familiar with ESCAPE dwarfs – fundamental algorithmic building block – and recognize why HPC and energy‐efficient computations are important. The programme will include theoretical lecture material as well as practical exercises (to be realized by students as small‐scale research projects started from the 1st day of the school with defence of project results) on selected dwarfs. For more information, and registration details, please go to the workshop page.

Undergraduate Training Workshop

posted 8 Nov 2016, 01:30 by Daniel Thiemert   [ updated 8 Nov 2016, 01:30 ]

The ESCAPE project is organising an Undergraduate Training Workshop between 27th and 28th of February 2017 in Poznan, Poland. The goal of this training is to introduce young scientists into NWP relevant topics as well as modern computational physics and energy efficient computing. During this two-day training, undergraduates will get familiar with ESCAPE dwarfs – fundamental algorithmic building blocks – and recognise why HPC and energy-efficient computations are important. The presented material will be well balanced between theoretical introduction and practical exercises, given by professional NWP and HPC staff. For those unable to travel, remote and live access will be given. This training is a great opportunity to establish professional links with academic staff across Europe for future cooperation. Participants can join both in person as well as online through web streaming. To find out more and how to register, go to the workshop page.

Successful 1st Dissemination and Training Workshop

posted 24 Oct 2016, 02:36 by Daniel Thiemert   [ updated 24 Oct 2016, 02:37 ]

From 18th to 20th October 2016 the 1st ESCAPE Dissemination and Training Workshop on “Towards Energy-efficient Scalable Algorithms for Weather- and Climate Prediction: Status and Prospects” took place at the Konventum Conference Centre (Elsinore/ Helsingor, Denmark). In total, around 50 researchers and students attended the event from universities, research institutions and companies (from Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK) giving 24 oral presentations.

The Horizon-2020 ESCAPE project (; coordinated by ECMWF, Dr. Peter Bauer) consortium has 12 partners including 3 high-tech IT companies (Bull Atos Technologies, NVIDIA, and Optalysys). The project develops world-class, extreme-scale computing capabilities for European operational numerical weather prediction (NWP) and future climate models.

The topics of the workshop included - Weather and Climate Dwarfs (aspects and fundamental algorithmic building blocks underlying weather and climate services), Code Adaptation Approaches (addressing heterogeneous architectures), Hybrid Computing (optimizing the exploitation of alternative technologies and specialized accelerators), and Benchmarking and Diagnostics (gaugeing code efficiency and energy consumption for regional and global NWP applications) – presentations delivered by the ESCAPE partners. The invited talks were presented from the COSMO, LACE, HARMONIE, ALADIN, LFRIC, EC-Earth modelling communities as well as from collaborating projects POP, ESiWACE, and EoCoE. Abstracts of presentations are available in the booklet of the workshop and presentations are available at the web-page of the workshop.

During the workshop, oral sessions were co-chaired by the ESCAPE coordinator and WP leaders as well as discussions were organized and carried out in 3 Working Groups (focused on algorithms and science, code adaptation, benchmarking and diagnostics topics). Summary results of these discussions were presented at the last day of the workshop.

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