The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of seven research councils in the UK and is funded by UKRI, the UK's national funding agency investing in science and research. STFC is one of Europe’s largest multi-disciplinary research organisations and has considerable world-class research expertise in areas ranging from nanostructures to lasers, from particle physics to cosmology, from high performance computing and supercomputing to peta-scale data management.
STFC runs two, national laboratories which provide supercomputing and data-archival facilities for users nationwide. In addition to these facilities, STFC employs around 150 computational scientists who work to develop and optimise the full range of scientific applications as well as providing training in software engineering and optimisation.

Role in the project

In ESiWACE2, STFC co-leads WP2 Establish, evaluate and watch new technologies for the community" and contributes to Work Packages 4, 6 and 7.
In the first project phase of ESiWACE, we investigated and optimised metadata management for climate data files in collaboration with the project partners and the HDF group, as well as the future of data storage for climate data.

Names of the colleagues involved

Rupert Ford, Andrew Porter and Neil Massey.

Relevant infrastructure and services available for climate & weather

STFC's Hartree centre operates "Scafell Pike", an Atos Sequana X1000 system consisting of 864 dual Intel Xeon nodes and 840 Xeon Phi nodes with a Mellanox EDR interconnect.

The STFC Rutherford Appleton laboratory hosts the JASMIN "super-data-cluster" on behalf of UKRI's Natural Environment Research Council. This machine supports the data-analysis requirements of the UK and European climate and earth-system modelling community. It consists of over 44 Petabytes of fast storage, co-located with computing facilities (11,500 cores) for data-analysis, with dedicated light paths to various key facilities and institutes within the UK.