11/14/2017 1:54:17 PM News

Cray XC30 supercomputer lands SAMS scientists winning ARCHER Award

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Dr Dima Aleynik (SAMS) explains Circulation pattern generated by the West Scotland Coastal Ocean Modelling System (WeStCOMS) run at ARCHER. WeStCOMS comprise an operational coupled ocean and atmospheric high-resolution three-dimensional hydrodynamic models based on the unstructured-mesh Finite Volume Community Ocean Model (FVCOM, 0.1÷3km) and the Weather Research Forecasts (WRF, 2x2km) respectively.

Model results have been intensively validated against observations including current meters, conductivity/temperature/pressure sensors on stationary moorings, drifters, gliders.

The visualization was created in cooperation with Dr. Sam Jones over weekly hindcast runs. Operational model five-days forecasts enable stakeholders and community with the informed decision-making tool both in a field of academic research (stratified fluid tidal mixing, connectivity, sea-lice, pathogens, invasive species dispersal, Environmental Impact Assessment studies) and as an early warning predictive scheme for quick response mitigation measures during industrial and natural hazards, e.g. harmful algae bloom, oil spills, and in a support of sustainable development in Aquaculture, Renewable and other Blue Growth economy sectors.

ARCHER is the latest UK National Supercomputing Service. The ARCHER Service started in November 2013 and is expected to run for 5 years. ARCHER provides a capability resource to allow researchers to run simulations and calculations that require large numbers of processing cores working in a tightly-coupled, parallel fashion. 

The ARCHER Service is based around a Cray XC30 supercomputer and is provided by the ARCHER Partners,  EPSRCNERCEPCCCray Inc. and The University of Edinburgh