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UCAR Update

March 2009


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In brief
NSF-supported university research with large computational requirements
Current job openings at UCAR
New from COMET: Fog prediction, wind and wave forecasting
Reminders from previous issues


NSF-supported university research with large computational requirements
NCAR's Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) invites NSF-supported university researchers in the atmospheric, oceanic, and closely related sciences to submit requests for projects needing more than 16,000 general accounting units (GAUs).

Allocations may be used on bluefire, the newest supercomputer at NCAR, an IBM POWER6 with 3,776 compute processors. University allocations have more than doubled due to bluefire's large capacity. The median panel-reviewed request is over 70,000 GAUs, and the panel has approved several requests over 200K GAUs. Very large requests with strong scientific and computational justification are encouraged. Allocations are given for the life of the NSF award.

Requests for less than 16,000 GAUs for a single project may be submitted at any time using the "Small Request Form." Once the sum of small allocations reaches 16,000 GAUs, the next request must be submitted using the "Large Request Form" by the panel deadline. University researchers with NSF awards are encouraged to apply for a small allocation to obtain information on the GAU requirements for their research and to test the computational efficiency of their code before applying for a large allocation.

Contact: Ginger Caldwell, NCAR/CISL, 303-497-1229
Overview of allocation process (including request forms)


Current job openings at UCAR
Below are the titles of scientific positions now open at UCAR/NCAR/UOP, along with the relevant tracking code. All jobs are based in Boulder unless otherwise indicated.

  • Scientist I (9028), Computational and Information Systems Laboratory

Applicants can view the full descriptions for these and other positions at the UCAR Human Resources site.

Contact: UCAR Human Resources
Careers at UCAR


New from COMET: Fog prediction, wind and wave forecasting
Below are details of two new online publications available from UOP/COMET, plus a new topic area on environment and society. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details.

Bureau of Meteorology Aviation Fog Case Exercise
This case exercise focuses on a potential fog event in Melbourne, Australia, on 67 April 2008. The aim of this module is to walk through the forecast process from the perspective of an aviation forecaster with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

Marine Wind and Wave Forecasting Tools
This set of interactive forecasting tools taken from COMET's wind and wave forecasting modules has been compiled for use in the marine forecast process. The interactive pieces can be used directly through the COMET website, or copies can be downloaded and run locally on a computer with Microsoft Windows XP.

Contact: Hildy Kane, UOP/COMET, 303-497-8470
COMET MetEd site


Reminders from previous issues

ASP colloqium--Marine Ecosystems and Climate: Modeling and Analysis of Observed Variability in Marine Ecosystems
Application deadline: 31 March

Applications now being accepted for 2009 Heliophysics Summer School
Deadline: 1 April

ECSA Junior Faculty Forum on Future Scientific Directions--Connecting Weather and Climate in Theory, Models and Observations
Application deadline: 27 April

Save the dates: summer WRF workshop and tutorial

Visiting scientist openings: air pollution, space weather, satellite retrievals


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Questions or news tips: Bob Henson, 303-497-8605
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