Introduction to the Monsoon service
Monsoon (previously referred to as MONSooN or Monsoon2) is the HPC hosted at the Met Office in Exeter and is a key piece of underpinning infrastructure for the Joint Weather and Climate Research Programme (JWCRP), a strategic partnership between the Met Office and NERC, which aims to improve collaboration between scientists funded by the two organisations by facilitating:
- Sharing of modelling results
- Joint development of software
- Access to Met Office data
The Monsoon service originally started on 1st December 2009 and ran until 2017. In April 2017 a new contract was agreed to coincide with the new HPC being installed.
The Monsoon service currently consists of:
- a 556 node Cray XC40 system, that is ~20,000 compute cores in total (The login nodes are an Ivybridge chip, the compute nodes a Broadwell chip)
- 1008 Tbytes of fast storage, for /home and /project disk areas
- a postprocessing (linux) system
Further information on Monsoon can be found in the Monsoon2 User Guide
Running the UM on Monsoon
Only UM versions later than 10.x (ie. Rose/Cylc based versions) are availabe on Monsoon.
Instructions for setting up and running Rose/Cylc suites on Monsoon can be found here
Help and Support
For help and support on the Monsoon service users should contact:
- Monsoon support (monsoon AT metoffice.gov.uk) for all questions about service delivery, login issues, and current or potential collaborative project proposals.
- CMS Helpdesk for all questions relating to running the UM on Monsoon.
- Further information can also be found in the Monsoon User Guide available on MOSRS