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

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

First steps of the ECMWF inside the Petronian Technopole which houses the new Atos supercomputer system and will come into operation in mid-2022

The inauguration ceremony of the Bologna office of the ECWMF, the European Center for Medium-Term Weather Forecasts (Photo Giacomo Maestri)
The inauguration ceremony of the Bologna office of the ECWMF, the European Center for Medium-Term Weather Forecasts (Photo Giacomo Maestri)

It was inaugurated today at Bologna the new Data Center of the European Weather Center ECMWF (European Center Medium Weather Forecast), within the Petronian technopole, which hosts the new system Atos supercomputers and which will come into operation a half of 2022.
The new structure offers the possibility to host latest technologies in supercomputing and allow the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts to continue on the path towards its strategic objectives, such as significantly improving the temperature and wind forecasts and make the daily long-term forecastinstead of biweekly.
A fundamental step forward also from the point of view of prevention in the face of extreme weather events.
The technological heart of the European Weather Center is only the first of the infrastructures that will be located at the Technopole of Bologna.

The brochure "New ECMWF data center opens in Bologna" in English

A rendering of the Bologna Technopole destined to host the ECWMF
A rendering of the Bologna Technopole destined to host the ECWMF

The European supercomputer Leonardo is also arriving soon in Emilia

This will also install the European supercomputer Leonardo and a real one is being born citadel of science intended to bring together the most important Italian scientific and research institutions.
Un European hub of Big data and digitaland which will focus onEmilia-Romagna Data Valley over the80 percent of the Italian supercomputing capacity e il 20 percent of the European one, with practical applications in all sectors: ecological transition e fight against climate change, digital transition, healthcare, urban times and logistics, sustainable businesses and production processes, agriculture.
When fully operational they will be twenty-five members of the staff ECMWF extension who will work in the new Data Center: electrical and mechanical engineers to support the infrastructure, 24-hour operating staff to monitor the performance of the building, systems, applications and services e hardware and software analysts not only for supercomputers but for all support systems and data processing systems.
Half of them are already operational in Bologna, supported by experts from the IT equipment suppliers for the European Weather Centre.

Fotogallery, the weather forecast infrastructure 4.0

Francesco Ubertini, Rector of the University of Bologna, with Florence Rabier, General Director of the ECMWF
Francesco Ubertini, Rector of the University of Bologna, with Florence Rabier, General Director of the ECMWF

Parallel activity with the current Cray HPCF until next May

The new high performance computers are now undergoing a series of tests, operational and reliability. The system is currently working in parallel with the current Cray HPCF and so it will be until the beginning of May 2022, when the supercomputer of the capital of Emilia-Romagna will fully assume the provision of the service for four years, supporting both operational and research activities.
even the data management system (DHS), will move by early 2022 from Reading to Bologna, with all aspects of the migration expected to be completed.
The decision to develop a new data center followed the recognition by the ECMWF Council that l 'current computing structure Performance Filter (HPCF) in Reading, IL UK, could not accommodate the next generation of supercomputers.
In June 2017, following a international tender, the representatives of all member states approved the proposal Italian Government and Emilia Romagna region to host the new data center in Bologna.
Construction work started at December 2018. The last two years and a half have seen remarkable progress for complete construction work and the tender procedure for the new supercomputer, in difficult times, including the global pandemic of COVID-19.

Video, the timelapse works of the new European Weather Centre

The Bologna office of ECWMF, the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
The Bologna office of ECWMF, the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts