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12 October 2018

Welcome to Centro Epson Meteo

Written by Nick Dale

Nick is Senior Director at Verne Global and leads our work across HPC and specifically its implementation within discrete and process manufacturing. He is based in our London headquarters.

It’s been a while since I wrote a blog so I thought there was no better opportunity to pick up where I left off and write something about my recent trip to the Meteorological Technology World Expo in Amsterdam. This was also the venue for where we announced our latest customer win – Centro Epson Meteo, one of Europe’s most innovative meteorological forecasting organisations who I am delighted to say chose Verne Global for their high performance computing (HPC) requirement.

Having attended the Expo previously in Madrid in 2016, I knew what to expect and this show was no different – an interesting mix of national meteorological organisations, technical suppliers and vendors, and companies who like us are supporting the enormous amounts of data that need to be gathered, recorded, analysed and interpreted. If you're in the weather forecasting sector, this is the show you need to be at.

Once again it was amazing to see the sheer variety and diversity of technical equipment and gadgetry being designed and manufactured to forecast and monitor the weather. The weather forecast is something we take for granted – we can access it at the touch of a button on our phones of course, and yet when you realise the size of the industry, and the innovation and technical specialisation that is behind the scenes making that all happen, it is quite staggering.

We at Verne Global are of course towards the end of that process and our hpcDIRECT platform is specifically designed to provide high performance computing as a service (HPCaaS). Meteorological organisations that have collated the data themselves (or are using the data-lakes utilising ECMWF’s research for example) can use hpcDIRECT to run their complex weather models and simulations on - like WRF, which we have deployed as part of hpcDIRECT. And, because hpcDIRECT is highly optimised bare metal, all clustered in one location (Iceland) and doesn't use virtualised servers, we can provide users with a truly genuine, 'true' HPC environment.

With the demand for more accurate and detailed forecasts, the need for efficient, powerful and TrueHPC is becoming increasingly important and many organisations are realising the simplest and most cost efficient option is to give the task of providing that high capacity infrastructure to specialist HPC providers like Verne Global.

And on that theme I was delighted to see our good friends from Centro Epson Meteo at the Expo. Centro Epson Meteo are based in Milan, Italy and provide bespoke forecasting and data simulation solutions to organisations operating in the agriculture, aviation, maritime, media, insurance and energy industries.

I first met Alessandro Perotto, their technical Project Manager, in Madrid. Since then we’ve worked with Alessandro and his colleagues to test the hpcDIRECT platform and deploy their applications and while doing this we’ve built a really fantastic partnership. Their team is superbly talented and to be helping their vital weather research work is really rewarding.

One of the key aspects about our work with Centro Epson Meteo that has especially pleased me is how our in-house technical team have been able to support Centro Epson Meteo’s engineers via a really hand-in-hand support process. This has helped us to help them fine-tune their HPC use. No one says it better than Alessandro in his quote on our press release:

“The trial results were immediate and impressive. Not only did Verne Global’s infrastructure provide us with the compute power required to increase the throughput of our remote climatic visualisations and weather simulations, its team gave us invaluable advice on how to optimise our processes in order to extract the maximum performance from our applications,”

We look forward to continuing our work with Alessandro and his colleagues and helping Centro Epson Meteo go further with their HPC. I’m hoping when we exhibit at the 2019 Expo in Geneva we will be announcing new partners from the meteorological sector who have followed their lead.

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