A large-scale digital twin of the Earth will be born in Bologna

Alliance between ECMWF and CINECA in the Emilian Technopole for a useful aid in predicting the interactions between natural phenomena and human activities

ECMWF and CINECA intend to create a digital twin of the Earth
“Destination Earth” (“DestinE” for short) by ECMWF and CINECA is an innovative and ambitious project, which aims to develop a large-scale digital twin of the planet: a tool to predict the interactions between natural phenomena and activities human

Il European Meteorological Center for medium-range forecasts (ECMWF) and the Interuniversity Consortium for the management of the Electronic Calculation Center of North-Eastern Italy (CINECA), “neighbors” within the new Bologna Technopole at the former Manifattura Tabacchi, have signed a joint agreement to cement the collaboration through the first phase of development of “Destination Earth”.

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ECMWF and CINECA intend to create a digital twin of the Earth
“Destination Earth” (“DestinE” for short) by ECMWF and CINECA is an innovative and ambitious project, which aims to develop a large-scale digital twin of the planet: a graphical representation with four Earths their data

Together the best of supercomputing and meteorological research in Europe

The ECMWF (acronym of European Center Medium Weather Forecast) is an independent intergovernmental organization supported by 35 states (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg , Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom as full members and Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Romania and Slovakia as partner nations) and performs both the function of research center and 24-hour operational service, producing and disseminating numerical meteorological forecasts to its member states, having offices in Reading in England, Bologna in Italy and Bonn in Germany.

Video, the Bologna Technopole illustrated by Stefano Accorsi

CINECA is an Italian non-profit inter-university consortium, which includes 69 universities in the country, 2 Ministries (the Department of Education and that of University and Research), 27 national public institutions (10 research institutions, 5 hospitals universities-IRRCS, 10 AFAM institutions, the National Evaluation Agency of the University System and the Colosseum Archaeological Park), with headquarters in Casalecchio di Reno and branch offices in Milan, Rome, Naples and Chieti, whose main activity is the research support of the academic scientific community and the supply of computing services to universities in Italy.

Destination Earth (“DestinE” for short) is an innovative and ambitious project, which aims to develop a large-scale digital twin of the planet: a tool to predict the interactions between natural phenomena and human activities, which will be born in Emilia-Romagna .

The Bologna Technopole at the heart of the digital revolution

ECMWF and CINECA intend to create a digital twin of the Earth
The timeline from 2022 to 2030 Of the "Destination Earth" project ("DestinE" for short) of ECMWF and CINECA: it is a tool to predict the interactions between natural phenomena and human activities

An initiative resulting from the operations "Green Deal" and "Digital Strategy" EU 2019-2024

The initiative is one of the pillars of the "Green Deal", but is also part of the "Digital Strategy", both flagship initiatives of the European Union for the period 2019-2024.

Destination Earth features cloud-native technology that will operate in a multi-site HPC environment, drawing on ECMWF's domain-specific technologies and software development.

Video, the "engine room" intended for the Leonardo supercomputer

The dynamic and rapidly evolving context of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking

This innovative configuration poses some important scientific and technological challenges where the partnership with CINECA is invaluable, especially in a dynamic and rapidly evolving context such as that of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking.

As “DestinE” operations intend to connect HPC and cloud-based solutions with different EuroHPC data centres, and using different architectures and ecosystems, the teams of the European Meteorological Center for medium-range forecasting and the Inter-university consortium for management of the Centro di Calcolo Elettronico of North-Eastern Italy will ensure that each software element is ready and satisfies these requirements.

The Data Center of the European Meteorological Center has been inaugurated in Bologna

A graphical representation of "Destination Earth" made by the European Union
A graphical representation of “Destination Earth” created by the European Union

The "DestinE" codes on Leonardo's European partition for its hybrid cloud

Furthermore, the "DestinE" codes will be implemented on Leonardo's European partition, whose modular and flexible structure and its hybrid cloud are particularly suitable for meeting the project's needs.

The agreement, signed in September 2022 and in force until April 2024, also represents a valid opportunity to strengthen good neighborly relations.

In fact, the new ECMWF computing center is just a few meters from the new CINECA data center at the Bologna Technopole which hosts Leonardo.

Video, the timelapse works of the new European Weather Centre

ECMWF and CINECA intend to create a digital twin of the Earth

ECMWF and CINECA intend to create a digital twin of the Earth