In its first funding phase from September 2015 to end end of August 2019 ESiWACE focused on:

  1. supporting scalability of models, tools and data management on state-of-the-art supercomputer systems
  2. usability of models and tools throughout the European HPC ecosystem
  3. the exploitability of the huge amounts of resulting data.

Within this scope, specific software packages necessary for an effective deployment of user-facing model deployment including both, computing and storage aspects were being developed and supported. A special focus lay on the establishment of global high-resolution, i.e. kilometre-scale resolving simulation demonstrators, which facilitated examining and improving the performance of existing community-driven simulation models.

The Frame

Funding period: 1 September 2015 - 31 August 2019
EC contribution: 4.95 million euro
Consortium: 16 partners from 7 countries and more than 36 supporters
Coordinator: Dr. Joachim Biercamp, 
German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ)
Co-coordinator: Dr. Peter Bauer, 
European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
Project office:

German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ)
Address: Bundesstr. 45a, 20146 Hamburg, Germany

The Concept


The graph illustrates the spirit of creating a centre that serves the community. The interaction of the three scientific/technical work packages (WP) which focus on the three ESiWACE themes is supported on the administrative level by WP5 and steered by WP1 to guarantee that the work is informed by and responds to community requirements. See also the short description of all ESiWACE work packages and their deliverables (pdf).


Call reference:

European research infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures),
Work programme 2014-2015, Call EINFRA-5-2015, Topic H2020-EINFRA-2015-1 (RIA), H2020-EU. - Development, deployment and operation of ICT-based e-infrastructures

Grant Agreement: This project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 675191
Our project profile is available on Cordis
European Commission:

The responsible European Commision department is the
Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT)