Strategic IT partnerships

As integral part of SCLab, a senior scientist, highly qualified in IT- strategy and HPC, assists in their efforts. He was assigned to SCLab to manage SIP for the institute. The central idea of strategic IT partnerships is the optimisation of the workflow of scientists, from idea to paper. SIP activities result from this idea.

Currently two scientists working in EU-funded projects (ESiWACE and ESCAPE) are part of this group helping in these activities.

The MPI-M has a long-standing tradition of active cooperation with a variety of institutions on computational and IT infrastructure development projects. Most important and notable is the cooperation with DKRZ. In the area of HPC the MPI-M, via SCLab and, most notably, CIMD, co-operates very closely with DKRZ, but also other institutions of the Gauss and PrACE initiatives. Of very high importance for MPI-M is the relation to DWD as the major development partner of the ICON model, and a major player in the weather and Earth system modelling field in Germany. DWD is using ICON for operational weather forecast and seasonal to decadal projections. Teaming up with DWD, DKRZ - for software development and performance optimization - and KIT - for chemistry model solutions - and growing this partnership will be of central importance for MPI-M, and the German national modelling landscape. These partnerships will also foster MPI-M’s role in the larger activities on the European floor, like those by the Centre of Excellence EsiWACE, coordinated by DKRZ. This centre fosters cooperation in infrastructure aspects of climate modelling. SIP is developing, fostering and maintaining such activities.