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Collins Leading ACME Climate Modeling Project

Source:  LBNL News Center and Dan Hawkes

Collins_acmeAs announced earlier this month (August 2014), ESD’s Climate Sciences Department Head Bill Collins will serve as chief scientist for the Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy (ACME) project. Addressing the most challenging and demanding climate change issues, ACME is designed to accelerate the development and application of high performance computing to achieve the world’s most complete climate and Earth system modeling systems.

Eight Department of Energy national laboratories, including Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, are combining forces with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, four academic institutions, and one private-sector company in the ACME project. Other participating national laboratories include Argonne, Brookhaven, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest and Sandia.

Riley_acmeOver a planned 10-year span, the project’s aim is to conduct simulations and modeling on the most sophisticated HPC machines as they become available, i.e., 100-plus petaflop machines and eventually exascale supercomputers. The team initially will use U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Leadership Computing Facilities at Oak Ridge and Argonne national laboratories.

ESD’s Bill Riley, an expert on the terrestrial carbon cycle, will also be a key participant in ACME as the co-leader of the Biogeochemical Experiment Task Team. In addition, LBNL’s (CRADA’s) Hans Johansen, a computational fluid dynamicist, will be co-leader of the Computational Performance Task Team.

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