CMS report June 2017

by Claire Carouge
Picture (top left):
Code by Markus Spiske (Unsplash)

First of all, we should speak about training. Last November, NCI launched a new training website. This website is dedicated to the new Moodle courses proposed by NCI. By nature, it is intended to be used directly by the users as need arises. The offer is currently relatively limited as the site is new. It includes training for CMIP, ARCCSSive, the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and how to use it for data analysis. One can also find the material for the recent in-person training courses offered by NCI (inductions, summer school and data intensive workshop).

We have started to work with NCI to better tailor the training offered to the researchers from the Centre with Paola writing the ARCCSSive course, and she is strongly involved in crafting the CMIP course material. We encourage any current or future users of CMIP datasets to check out both of these courses. We hope you find this training site useful. We are also keen to improve what is on offer according to demand, so please send us your feedback by email or through the online comments that are built into the training courses.

Speaking of training, Claire Carouge attended an NCI organised training for the Allinea-ARM suite of tools with the course aimed at training the trainers. The tools are a performance report tool, a code debugger and a code profiler. If you are developing in Fortran or C and you find Totalview interface is ageing, you could give Allinea a try. Note that it also comes with a remote client you can install on your own machine. This way it is easy to run the debugger on the queue system at NCI but have a fast graphical connection to your screen (faster than X11 or VNC). We at CMS have started using this tool suite so if you want to give it a go, you will find some user information here, and we will be happy to answer your questions.

To finish, a touch of modelling and some data news. In the past few months, there have been a few new models or model versions made available on raijin:

  • Unified Model (UM) v10.6 with Global Atmosphere (GA) 7 configuration
  • Weather Research and Forecast (WRF) v3.9
  • Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator (ACCESS) v1.0 coupled to the K Profile Parameterization ocean model (KPP) with the Met Office Surface Exchange Scheme (MOSES) for the land surface model

We are hoping to soon announce a version of the Modular Ocean Model (MOM-SIS) forced to the Japanese 55-year Reanalysis Ocean Model dataset (JRA-55-do) and a new version of the NASA-Unified WRF model.

On the data side, it was found the copy of Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission dataset (TRMM) on Raijin was corrupted and it has now been thoroughly checked and repaired. Otherwise, there has been a number of requests for CMIP5 data, so people using CMIP5 might find new data or new versions are available on Raijin. Finally, we are currently downloading a subset of the Last Millennium Ensemble dataset produced by the Community Earth System Model version 1 (CESM1-LME). If you have some interest in this dataset, please contact the CMS team  at, so we can discuss if you need additional data.

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