National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 Earth Systems Research Laboratory

NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory’s (ESRL) mission is to observe, understand and predict the Earth system through research that advances NOAA's environmental information and service from minutes to millennia on global-to-local scales.

ESRL is a part of NOAA’s Research and Development High Performance Computing Systems Program.  The program provides HPC resources throughout NOAA and to our partners.  NOAA’s HPC assets are distributed across the country.  Systems are currently operated in three locations, Boulder, CO, Fairmont, WV, and in Oak Ridge, TN (through a partnership with the Department of Energy).  Total computing performance exceeds 1.7 TFlops, which leverages almost 10PB of disk storage and over 100PB of tape storage.  To move the vast amount of data created by NOAA scientists, NOAA built NWAVE, a multi-10Gbe national research network dedicated to supporting NOAA’s research needs.

Many ESRL groups are directly and indirectly involved with the FRCRC. These include Information Technology Services and the Aviation, Computing, and Evaluation Branch-Advanced Computing Section.  In addition, NOAA’s Research and Development High Performance Computing Systems program and the NOAA CIOs office are involved with the FRCRC.

RMACC Lead: Forrest Hobbs and Leslie Hart

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Headquartered in Washington, DC, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a federal agency focused on the condition of the oceans and the atmosphere. As part of the NOAA, http://forecast.weather.gov/ demonstrates their how their outstanding research quidelines and standards allow them to gather accurate weather forecasts. Research at NOAA is conducted in federal laboratories and through partnerships with universities and science institutes. Through partnerships with university and federal laborites is how NOAA conducts their research that provides solid science research worldwide. Amongst NOAAs many awards, most recently Arlene Fiore was honored with a 2011 Macelwane Medal for her work in atmospheric chemistry research.

NOAA David Skaggs Research Center
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 

 ESRL is located in the David Skaggs Research Center, in Boulder, Colorado.  The users of our HPC resources are located at ESRL, but also across the country with academic partnerships throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.