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2nd Fall School of the Centre of Excellence High-Performance Scientific Computing in Terrestrial Systems (HPSC TerrSys)

“Terrestrial Modeling and High-Performance Scientific Computing”, was the title of this year`s HPSC TerrSys Fall School, which was held for the second time, from 25th to 29th September 2017 at the Meteorology Institute of University of Bonn. Due to high demand, the 2nd Fall School was fully booked shortly after registration started.

© Geoverbund ABC/J, Forschungszentrum JülichThe participants of HPSC TerrSys Fall School 2017.
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The objectives of this applied course was to provide the theoretical and technical context of terrestrial modeling in high-performance scientific computing (HPSC) environments utilizing stand-alone and coupled hydrologic, land surface and atmospheric models. In 2017 the Fall School was additionally supported by EU-Project Energy Orientated Centre of Excellence in computing applications (EoCoE).

31 international participants from different geoscientific disciplines arrived from all over the world, to deepen their knowledge about the generic capabilities of terrestrial modeling and data assimilation in supercomputing environments with a focus on TerrSysMP(-PDAF) including parallel performance analysis and profiling utilizing freely available software tools, and handling of very large data sets in the analyses and visualization process.

The keynote lectures were prominently attended with Laura E. Condon (Syracuse University, U.S.A.), Eric Maisonnave (Centre Européen de Recherche et de Formation Avancée en Calcul Scientifique, Toulouse) and Lars Nerger (Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven). Additionally, High-Performance Computing (HPC)-Specialists of Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) were lecturing.

Comprehensive hands on tutorials took place daily, utilizing the Terrestrial Systems Modeling Platform (TerrSysMP) and supercomputers at JSC. Participants performed massively parallel simulations, employing HPC tools provided by JSC. Particularly for young academics working with HPC, practical exercises are essential in order to gain a better understanding of the complex modeling tools in use in terrestrial systems research, and to use HPC-Systems more efficiently.

This year`s HPSC TerrSys Fall School showed once again the great potential of High-Performance Computing in Geoscience, especially in climate, hydrology and georesources. In cooperation with Geoverbund ABC/J, HPSC TerrSys will offer a Fall School in 2018.

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