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Met Office (UK)

The Met Office (MetO) has been operating as a Trading Fund since 1996, originally as an Executive Agency of the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).  As part of a Machinery of Government change in July 2011 MetO became a Trading Fund within the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). As the UK’s national meteorological service, it provides a range of products and services to a large number of public and private sector organisations. It also represents the UK within the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and plays a prominent role in international meteorology. 

MetO  is one of the world's leading providers of environmental and weather-related services.  It delivers proven weather related services for many different types of industry on a twenty-four hour basis.  Many of these services are time critical. MetO is involved in many areas of research and development in the fields of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and observations.  Its research and development activities aim to improve the accuracy of our weather forecast services and the efficiency with which they can be produced. This enables its customers to benefit from the progressive international advancement of weather forecasting techniques.

 MetO provides the Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Programme which is supported by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Their investment provides the core science on which Government can make decisions to help the UK become resilient to climate variability and change, benefit from opportunities for growth, and engage in international climate negotiations. For example, research findings from the programme help ensure cost-effective deployment of renewable energy, and a resilient future for the nation's infrastructure. To achieve this, the Hadley Centre needs a large production facility to run complex multi-model integrations and ensembles of integrations as well as a resource for research and development. These models can run over periods of months and are time critical to meet deadlines for the customer and for the International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) producing significant output that needs analysis over long periods of time.

MetO has a long experience in developing successful software infrastructures to support both Weather and Climate scientists and models including archive systems, user interfaces, build and configuration management systems.

Role in the project

In Task 2.2. we will contribute the benchmarking of IO servers and coupling technologies in the context of Met Office models and on Met Office HPC systems.

In Task 3.3. we will lead on Task 3.3.1 to 3.3.3 on the development and support for the Cylc meta-scheduler as defined in the grant agreement.

Names of the colleagues involved

Mick Carter, Dave Matthews, Mike Hobson, Members of Dave Matthew’s team depending on specific tasks required by the community.

Relevant infrastructure and services available for climate & weather

2x Cray XC 40 with a mixture of Haswell and Broadwell Intel CPU chips with a combined 6212 nodes and 218752 cores and 12 PBytes of Storage

A HPSS based active archive with a tape library system with capacity that will grow to 800 PBytes in 2017 with an 8 Pbyte DDN disk cache provided by SGI.

36 node SGI scientific processing cluster with a 1 PByte high performance DDN file system.


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