CISL Services

From CISL’s services and support web pages, users can access CISL’s help desk and consulting services, as well as complete information about HPC systems, storage systems, data analysis and visualization systems, data collections, user documentation, and training. CISL has a proud tradition of providing world-class supercomputing and data services to its user community. The quality of these services is and will remain a core value of the laboratory. However, the makeup of these services is not static: they continually change in concert with rapid changes in the underlying technologies and the scientific demands of our users. CISL:

  • Maintains and operates the physical facilities and cyberinfrastructure needed to support the atmospheric and related sciences.

  • Curates, manages, and archives a rich set of data collections to which it provides free and open access.

  • Creates essential, widely used software cyberinfrastructure such as data analysis and visualization tools and frameworks for modeling and science gateway construction.

  • Provides user support and training for all of these services.

  • Strives to better integrate its resources and services with regional and national cyberinfrastructure and services, and with the organizations that maintain them, such as the Front Range GigaPoP (FRGP), the Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium (RMACC), and NSF’s eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE).

In FY2014 CISL operated the data-centric petascale Yellowstone supercomputing environment at the NWSC, including the 1.5-petaflops IBM iDataPlex supercomputer, the 16-petabyte GLADE central disk storage system, two data analysis and visualization systems, the HPSS data archive, and high-speed wide-area networking. A wide range of computing projects pursued the research frontiers of weather phenomena, climate change, space weather, solar physics, and more. CISL has started to shift its focus to NWSC facility enhancements that will be required for the next supercompting system to be delivered through the NWSC-2 procurement effort. The NWSC Visitor Exhibit was completed in early FY2013 and has attracted over 3,000 visitors in its first year of operation, hosting a number of student STEM education programs such as Wyoming’s GEAR UP and the Wyoming Cowboy Challenge.

CISL’s software CI capabilities continued to make important advances in FY2014 as well, including the deployment of a novel multiple-component interface between the Data Assimilation Research Testbed (DART) and the CESM that enables climate predictability experiments; a major new release of the NCAR Command Language (NCL) that included a major overhaul of its display model; and improvements to the Visualization and Analysis Platform for Ocean, Atmosphere, and Solar Researchers (VAPOR), such as adding support for ocean modeling data and refactoring VAPOR’s architecture to facilitate third-party code enhancement. All of these tools are heavily used – for instance, in FY2014, VAPOR’s user community increased to nearly 7,000 users and NCL’s software was downloaded almost 22,000 times.

This work is supported by NSF Core funding and other sources as specified in the following individual reports.