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May 09, 2008

Student Name:  Sean Leslie

Supervisor’s Name and Title at FIU/FAU:

Dr. Masoud Sadjadi

Assistant Professor

Name of the PIRE International Partner’s Institution: Universidad de Guadalajara


Supervisor’s Name and Title at the PIRE International Partner’s Institution:

Dr. Hector Alejandro Durán Limón

Research professor Titular A

Project Title:

Grid WRF Portal

Problem Statement:

The purpose of this project is to facilitate remote access to the grid enabled WRF (Weather Research and Forecasting) system, via a web based portal. The task is to provide a service that will give meteorologists the ability to input WRF configurations, run simulation ensembles, and views the results in a visual manner. The Portal should alleviate the need for meteorologists to set up WRF on a local system, and simultaneously provide remote access to a grid enabled WRF which will facilitate the use of greater computational power needed to obtain more accurate forecasting data.

Motivation and Impact:

The creation of a web based portal that provides meteorologists with the necessary tools needed to run hurricane forecasting models on a grid enabled system has many benefits. The portal will be designed to facilitate the use of WRF without the previously necessary Computer Science knowledge. In other words meteorologists should be able to use WRF without being computer scientists as well. With the portal a meteorologist could remotely run a weather simulation with an increase in resolution, and obtain more accurate forecasting data in a reasonable amount of time. This data can then be used to create forecasting models, and provided to other users via the portal as well. The portal has the potential to then provide businesses and Emergency Operations personnel with a model which contains additional information relevant to them.

Current Status:

The Grid WRF Portal is currently being planned and designed. Some planning has been created and an overall WRF Portal project roadmap created. Grid enabling WRF is also a project that is presently being undertaken by several other research teams at FIU with each focusing on different aspects including, profiling WRF, job-flow management, and Meta-Scheduling. NOAA has recently created a WRF portal for their non-grid enabled WRF system.

Research Roadmap:

The goal of the research is to enable as much as WRF Portal 0.5 as possible. This will be done by completing the following:

  • Provide a simple website that facilitates configuration of WRF simulations
  • Add functionality to portal that enables the sending of a job
  • Visualization of job output
  • Add sessions and logon capability to website
  • Begin work on ensemble enablement (WRF Portal 1.0)
  • Write on research findings

Relation to PIRE Core Research Projects:

The WRF Portal fits into cyberinfastructure because it will enable meteorologists to make faster and more accurate hurricane forecasts. This places the WRF portal firmly in the “Hurricane mitigation apps.” section in the CI application layer of Cyberinfastructure Application Enablement.

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