29 May 2015

Brian Fath participated in CSDMS Annual Meeting 

Brian Fath gave an invited keynote presentation "Quo Vadis Ecosystem? Insights from Ecological Modelling and Systems Ecology" at the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System (CSDMS) Annual Meeting which took place on 27-28 May 2015 in Boulder, Colorado, USA.  

The CSDMS is a platform for modelers to share ideas and code, with two overriding long-range goals:

  • Develop a robust modular modeling environment capable of significantly advancing fundamental earth-surface and ocean science

  • Develop fully functional and useful repositories for CSDMS data, for CSDMS models and numerical tools, and for educational use.

Prof. Fath is chair of the newly formed Focus Research Group in CSDMS on Ecosystem Dynamics. The group is co-sponsored by the International Society of Ecological Modelling.  


One benefit of being a member of CSDMS is the capability to run models through the web and also couple models through the web. CSDMS has a High Performance Computing Cluster, specifically, an SGI Altix XE 1300 that consists of 64 Altix XE320 compute nodes (for a total of 512 cores). The compute nodes are configured with two quad-core 3.0GHz E5472 (Harpertown) processors. 54 of the 64 nodes have 2 GB of memory per core, while the remaining nodes have 4 GB of memory per core. The cluster is controlled through an Altix XE250 head node. Internode communication is accomplished through either gigabit ethernet or over a non-blocking InfiniBand fabric. Each compute node has 250 GB of local temporary storage. However, all nodes are able to access 36TB of RAID storage through NFS. Eventually, the CSDMS system will be tied in to the larger 7000 core (>100 Tflop) Front Range Computing Consortium. This supercomputer will consist of 10 Sun Blade 6048 Modular System racks, nine deployed to form a tightly integrated computational plant, and the remaining rack to serve as a GPU-based accelerated computing system. In addition, the Grid environment will provide access to NCAR’s mass storage system. 4.10

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Brian Fath

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Young Scientists Summer Program

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Advanced Systems Analysis

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