Atos enhances the weather forecasting capability of the Finnish Meteorological Institute with its BullSequana supercomputer

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Atos Enhances the ability to predict the weather Finnish Meteorological institute With its BullSequana supercomputer

Paris FranceMay 30And the 2022 Today, Atos announces that it has been selected by Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), It is the government agency responsible for collecting and reporting weather and forecast data in Finland, in a seven-year, multimillion-euro deal, to supply, deliver, install and operate a supercomputing system, based on its BullSequana XH2000 architecture. Compared to the current FMI solution, the new system will increase its computing power by a factor of 4 and enable it to provide its customers with improved, more accurate and reliable forecast information.

The new supercomputer will be used in various areas of numerical weather forecasting (NWP) including short-term weather forecasting and nowcasting (prediction of up to 9 hours). It will also enable meteorologists to more accurately predict and determine the severity of extreme weather events long before they occur. It will be used to power atmospheric and ocean computing models such as the HARMONIE-Arome NWP model developed by ACCORD (in collaboration with the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)) which is the most computationally demanding and most time-critical. Workload.

The new supercomputer will enhance the NWP’s operational collaboration between Norway, Sweden, Estonia and Finland (MetCoOp), where all members run a common weather forecasting model, to provide the best possible short-range weather forecast for the region. This joint operational implementation of the HARMONIE-Arome weather model (named MEPS) looks at several forecasts – one running on the FMI system – rather than a single forecast, to more effectively predict the probability of severe weather.

“Thanks to this investment, we will now be able to improve the horizontal accuracy of our NWP model from 2.5 km to 1.3 km, further enhancing the skill and reliability To forecast and reduce biases, which means more accurate information to strengthen our weather warnings, to ensure a weather-ready Nordic community, and to enhance safety and security for our citizensHe said Sami NiemeläAnd the Director at the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI).

weather Forecasting requires a huge amount of computing power and with Our BullSequana XH2000Equipped with the latest generation AMD‘s EPYC 7003 Treatments and NVIDIA HDR InfiniBandAnd the You will be able to FMI a plus her account eligibility To deliver significant improvements in numerical weather predictions,” said Emmanuel Le Roux, Group Senior Vice President, Global Head of HPC, Artificial Intelligence and Quantity at Atos.

The Finnish Meteorological Institute, part of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, is an unbiased research and service institution with expertise covering a wide range of atmospheric sciences In addition to collecting and reporting weather data and forecasts. They provide weather and climate-related services to defense forces, government departments, the public, civil aviation, shipping, industry, agriculture, and commerce.

BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer will be installed in early 2023.


About Atos

Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with 111,000 employees and annual revenue of c. 11 billion euros. Europe’s number one in cybersecurity, cloud computing and HPC, the group provides end-to-end tailored solutions for all industries in 71 countries. As a leader in decarbonization services and products, Atos is committed to providing its customers with a secure, carbon-free digital number. Atos is SE (Societas Europaea), listed on Euronext Paris and listed on CAC 40 ESG and Next 20.

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