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Supercomputers for Modeling the Climate & the Roles of Energy Production in Climate Change

Thursday, June 3, 2010, 9:00am – 10:30am, Hall C2.2

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Since the advent of the first “supercomputers,” the simulation of the atmosphere and the oceans has played a mutually beneficial role with the development of more powerful computing capabilities. Supercomputers enable more realistic simulation of earth systems and processes. Earth system’s simulations are always among the first set of applications to validate, yet challenge, new computational technology and capabilities. Earth system scientists are typically among the first set of users with real applications to consume the most powerful computers available, and typically respond to the availability of new supercomputers by saying, “That’s pretty good, but we still need more.”

The session will concentrate on the HPC-enabled simulation of global warming. It is well known a major factor in climate change is the emission of radiation reactive gases such as carbon dioxide as a by-product of energy production.

It is planned there will be three international speakers to provide a broad overview of the use of high performance computing technologies to enable climate. Speakers will also discuss the role of energy production emission, and alternatives to energy production, in climate change scenarios. The three speakers will represent the major climate studies institutes of Europe and the United States.