Climate simulation and supporting high-end computing and networking technologies from Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) were prominent at SC09: The International Conference for High-Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis, which took place November 1420, 2009 in Portland, OR. "Supercomputing," as SC is often called, is the world's largest conference of its kind and this year drew attendees from all 50 states and more than 70 countries to the Oregon Convention Center.
Fifteen demonstrations given by scientists and engineers from across the Sciences and Exploration Directorate represented record GSFC participation in the popular NASA research exhibit. GSFC joined Ames Research Center, Glenn Research Center, Langley Research Center, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in showcasing NASA R&D. Exhibit demonstrations were organized under the themes Aircraft, Computing Technology, Our Planet, Space Travel, and The Universe.
GSFC presenters hailed from the Computational and Information Sciences and Technology Office (CISTO/606), the Software Integration and Visualization Office (SIVO/610.3), the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO/610.1), and the Mesoscale Atmospheric Processes Branch (613.1). Some technical staff represented users of the NASA Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS/606.2). A complete listing of GSFC demonstrations appears later in this story.
GSFC computational results also made their mark on SC09's prestigious Technical Program. The visualization "GEOS-5 Modeled Clouds at 3.5-km Global Resolution for January 2, 2009," produced by Bill Putman and Greg Shirah (both of 610.3), concluded a large-screen visualization theater presentation before former Vice President Al Gore's keynote address, which drew a capacity audience that was the largest of the conference. The simulation used a "cubed-sphere" version of the GMAO's Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version 5 (GEOS-5) and ran on the recently expanded Discover supercomputer at the NCCS.
In the SC09 Posters area, Bo-Wen Shen (UMCP/ESSIC/613.1) and collaborators presented the electronic poster "High-Impact Tropical Weather Prediction with the NASA CAMVis: Coupled Advanced Multi-Scale Modeling and Concurrent Visualization Systems." Using CAMVis on supercomputers and the 128-panel Hyperwall-2 at Ames, they are improving the model's ability to simulate sub-seasonal and seasonal weather and extending the lead time of tropical cyclone prediction. SC09 featured eight electronic posters on 42-inch LCD displays, a first for the conference.
GSFC's NASA exhibit demonstrations and presenters were as follows (Note: each link opens a datasheet PDF):
NASA's research exhibit at the SC09 conference in Portland, OR, featured R&D from five NASA field centers. Goddard Space Flight Center
(GSFC) scientists and engineers gave 15 demonstrations centering on climate simulation and supporting high-end computing and networking
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Bill Putman of GSFC's Software Integration and Visualization Office presents "Global Non-Hydrostatic Modeling with the NASA GEOS-5
Atmospheric Model." A visualization of a 3.5-km global GEOS-5 cloud simulation appeared in a large-screen theater presentation to a
capacity audience gathered for the keynote address by former Vice President Al Gore.
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