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Issue 147: iSGTW 21 October 2009


Clearing the air: solving an atmospheric controversy with DEISA

Developing a computer model that can predict weather, climate and air quality is tricky.

A fundamental problem is how to accurately forecast the height of the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) as it develops during daytime heating.

The ABL is the lower layer of the atmosphere — the part we live in. Its height grows throughout the day, from a few hundred meters in the morning to a kilometer or more in the afternoon. The rising hot air within the ABL means that it is highly turbulent.
Any inaccurate calculation of this  boundary layer height will cause flawed predictions of things such as  temperature and pollutant concentrations.

As Harm Jonker of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands notes: “If a model cannot get the boundary layer height correct, it cannot get anything correct.”

In an attempt to overcome this obstacle, a team of scientists from several different institutions initiated the PINNACLE project, using the resources of the DEISA grid of supercomputers.

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If you’re thinking of signing onto a grid in order to power your research computation, you won’t have to do it alone. Experts on how to use parallel computing in your field are here to help!

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Data Management

 Grid-enabled workflow

A new system provides a basic set of tools, connecting components to each other based on data dependencies.

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Link of the week

/ Bid for your grid

There’s more than one way to skin a cat, say the people at GridEcon.

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Image of the week


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Special Announcement - iSGTW on Holiday

Video of the Week - Learn about LiDAR


NeHC launches social media

PRACE announces third Tier-0 machine

iRODS 2011 User Group Meeting

Jobs in distributed computing


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December 2010

13-18, AGU Fall Meeting

14-16, UCC 2010

17, ICETI 2011 and ICSIT 2011

24, Abstract Submission deadline, EGI User Forum


January 2011

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11, SPCloud 2011

22, ALENEX11

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