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Deutscher Wetterdienst (DE)

The Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), which was founded in 1952, is as National Meteorological Service of the Federal Republic of Germany responsible for providing services for the protection of life and property in the form of weather and climate information. This is the core task of the DWD and includes the meteorological safeguarding of aviation and marine shipping and the warning of meteorological events that could endanger public safety and order. The DWD, however, also has other important tasks such as the provision of services to Federal and Regional governmental authorities, and the institutions administering justice, as well as the fulfilment of international commitments entered into by the Federal Republic of Germany. The DWD thus co-ordinates the meteorological interests of Germany on a national level in close agreement with the Federal Government and represents the Government in intergovernmental and international organisations as, for example the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Currently DWD has a total staff of about 2300 employees at more than 130 locations all over Germany. DWD’s spectrum of activity is very wide and comprises of:

  • Weather observation and forecasting around the clock,
  • Climate Monitoring and modelling at local, regional and global scale,
  • Development of precautionary measures to avoid weather-related disasters and to provide support for disaster control
  • Advice and information on meteorology and climatology to customers,
  • National and international co-operation in meteorological and climatological activities,
  • Outlooks on possible future climatic conditions at local, regional and global scale,
  • Research and development.

Role in the project

Participation in workshop organizations and benchmarks.

Names of the colleagues involved

Dr. Florian Prill

Relevant infrastructure and services available for climate & weather

A redundantly installed HPC system, consisting of a Cray XC40 and a Megware Miriquid Linux Cluster with joint batch system and global filesystems, is used for the computationally intensive numerical weather prediction and modeling as well as for data processing.

The Cray XC40 systems (peak performance: 2x560.3 TeraFlops) are provided for the time critical weather forecast and non-time critical meteorological research and development, respectively. The main applications employed on these systems are the massively parallel forecast models COSMO (local and regional area model, ensemble prediction) and ICON (global model) based on Fortran90 and MPI/OpenMP. The Megware MiriQuid systems are available for the supervision of the complete numerical weather prediction operations and for common software development tasks.

There is access to 3990 TiB global file system disk space on all systems.


Upcoming Events
EGU 2019 Apr 07, 2019 - Apr 12, 2019 — Vienna (AT)
EXDCI-2 workshop on High Performance Data Analytics May 13, 2019 - May 17, 2019 — Poznan (PL)
ISC 2019 Jun 16, 2019 - Jun 20, 2019 — Frankfurt (DE)
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