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 (http://www.hpc-escape.eu; 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.