The work on the HPCW benchmark will start later in the project phase. It will build on work performed in the EU funded project ESCAPE-2, which develops a representative High Performance Climate and Weather (HPCW) benchmark that isolates key elements in the workflow of weather and climate prediction systems to improve performance and to allow a detailed performance comparison for different hardware.

Once ESCAPE-2 has ended, ESiWACE2 will take over to extend the HPCW suite to represent a wider range of community models, and test the performance of HPCW benchmarks on different computing systems, including the pre-exascale EuroHPC systems of the EU. The decision on which components to pick and support will be based on a peer-reviewed process.