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SCD News: June 30, 2005

Fourth ESMF Community Meeting to be held at MIT July 20-22

NCAR's Scientific Computing Division to play an active role

Participant in May 2005 ESMF tutorial

A participant at a May 2005 ESMF tutorial hosted by SCD learns about the basics of the Earth System Modeling Framework.

The fourth Earth System Modeling Framework (ESMF) Community Meeting will be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge, MA, from July 20-22, 2005.

The meeting will begin on Wednesday, July 20, with a one-day workshop on ESMF and Grid computing. Agenda

The main session, held on Thursday, July 21, will focus on experiences using ESMF in climate, weather, and data assimilation applications. Agenda

Special attention will be given to issues of performance and ease of use. Other topics will include:

A reception will be held that evening.

On Friday, July 22, a hands-on tutorial called “ Introduction to ESMF” will be given from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The Industry Partners Forum, a meeting of vendors interested in ESMF, will be held that afternoon.

For more information, and details on reservations, see:


ESMF: A national collaboration

Users learn how ESMF can help them focus more on science and less on developing infrastructure code.

The ESMF project is a national-scale collaboration to build a software infrastructure that allows different weather, climate, and data-assimilation components to operate together on parallel supercomputers. The framework increases cross-disciplinary communication, making it possible for scientists and software developers, weather forecasters and climate modelers to share software more easily, port codes to a variety of computing platforms, and re-use common code in a variety of applications.

ESMF software is component-based, meaning that it allows researchers to easily assemble complex models by representing the models as collections of smaller components that are coupled together. Researchers using ESMF have a standard way to add new capabilities and swap in different options, making it much simpler for them to exchange codes with other groups and institutions, and facilitating the free flow of ideas.

By helping scientists and engineers use common software to solve routine computational problems, ESMF will ultimately result in better research and accelerated progress in simulating the Earth's weather and climate systems.

Cecelia Deluca, core implementation team manager

ESMF Community Meeting 2004

SCD has worked hard to provide ESMF training and to host ESMF workshops and meetings.

An important meeting

ESMF's core implementation team is based in NCAR's Scientific Computing Division, reflecting SCD's leadership in blending computational and scientific expertise. SCD has helped organize the Community Meeting and will make a number of presentations.

“This meeting is important, because we've just finished up the first phase of the project,” says Cecelia DeLuca, who manages the core implementation team. “We're entering a new phase. We'll be telling people about a whole set of new projects that are based on ESMF; we'll be hearing from many of the users who have already started using the framework. We think it's an expecially important time to hear from our customers, and for our customers to talk to us, to help us define our new directions. The meeting will be a chance for plenty of feedback and give-and-take.”

During Wednesday's workshop on ESMF and Grid computing, Luca Cinquini, an SCD software engineer, will speak on “The Earth System Grid.” SCD scientist Henry Tufo will speak on “Experiences with Building a Grid Computing Environment for Simulating the Global Carbon Cycle.”

Robert Ferraro of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Alan Wallcraft of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory will will chair the main session on Thursday, and SCD software engineer Nancy Collins will present the ESMF tutorial on Friday.

Last year, NCAR/SCD hosted the Third ESMF Community Meeting, which was attended by more than one hundred scientists and model developers from around the world. The second meeting was held in 2003 at Princeton University, while the first meeting was held in Washington D.C.

For more information

NCAR is operated by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) under the primary sponsorship of the National Science Foundation.

Photo: Lynda Lester, NCAR/CISL

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