Here’s a long video of the first ever public event at the Met Office’s new High Performance Computing Complex near Exeter:
The broad theme was the Exeter City Futures
project, which aims "to make the region congestion free and energy independent by 2025". I was in attendance, and if you skip to the “Questions” section at the end you can even see me asking the UKMO's Vicky Pope a tricky question! I asked another question later too.
After that I had a long chat with David Underwood, since nobody else seemed terribly interested in what 16 petaFLOPS and counting might ultimately be capable of. Arctic sea ice inevitably entered the conversation. David said he was proud of the UKMO’s “unified” model’s performance in that regard. In ~3 yrs the ocean and atmospheric components of their model are due to become “close coupled”, at which point their sea ice predictions should improve as well.
The proof of that pudding will be in the eating of course!
P.S. My old trick for embedding a YouTube video doesn't seem to work anymore. Does anybody know the secret, if there still is one?