NCAR Receives Honor in 2023 HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards

20th Annual HPCwire Awards Presented to Leaders in the Global HPC Community

HPCwire Readers' Choice Award 2023

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has been recognized in the 20th Anniversary edition of the HPCwire Readers’ Choice Awards, presented at the 2023 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC23), in Denver, Colorado.

NCAR was recognized with the following honor: 
Readers’ Choice: Best Use of High Performance Data Analytics.

The full list of winners was revealed at the SC23 HPCwire booth and on the HPCwire website.

NCAR scientists developed a machine learning model to update forest fuel maps quickly and accurately, providing significant improvements to wildfire forecasts that could aid in evacuation and fire rescue efforts. The research was led by Amy DeCastro and Timothy Juliano of NCAR’s Research Applications Laboratory (RAL) with visualizations by Scott Pearse of NCAR’s Computational and Informations System Laboratory (CISL). The research was funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, which is NCAR’s sponsor. The modeling simulations were run at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center on the Cheyenne system. 

“One of our main challenges in wildfire modeling has been to get accurate input, including fuel data,” said NCAR scientist and lead author Amy DeCastro. “In this study, we show that the combined use of machine learning and satellite imagery provides a viable solution.”

The annual HPCwire Readers’ Choice Awards are determined through a nomination and voting process with the global HPCwire community, as well as selections from the HPCwire editors. The awards constitute prestigious recognition from the HPC community. They are revealed each year to kick off the annual supercomputing conference, which showcases high-performance computing, networking, storage, and data analysis.

“This year we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of these renowned awards, and the 2023 Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards are exceptional, indeed,” said Tom Tabor, CEO of Tabor Communications, publishers of HPCwire. “Throughout the world there are pockets of brilliant scientists working on grand challenge problems that can only be explored and solved because of HPC. Rarely do these accomplishments come to light, much less are they recognized for their achievements and contribution to society. Between our worldwide readership of HPC experts and the most renowned panel of editors in the industry, the Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards represent resounding recognition of the many deep and varied HPC accomplishments throughout the world.”

More information on these awards can be found at the HPCwire website ( or on Twitter through the following hashtag: #HPCwireRCA23.