Building the machine to provide the ultimate answer to the ultimate question

Prof. Bjorn Stevens, Director and Head of the department “The Atmosphere in the Earth System” at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), held the keynote speech at this year´s virtual “SC20: The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis” (SC20).

Keynote speech at this year's virtual conference SC20

High-performance computing is the basis for many of today’s most vibrant research areas, from machine learning to quantum computing. Climate science is no exception, as it exploits the power of high-performance computers to answer some of humankind´s most pressing questions and in so doing is opening new research frontiers.

With an introduction by SC20 General Chair Christine E. Cuicchi, Prof. Stevens talk, entitled “Climate Science in the Age of Exascale” reviews the history of climate science and the role computers played in it. Starting in 1896 with Svante Arrhenius´ question “Would increasing CO2 warm the Earth?”, leading to Prof. Klaus Hasselmann´s research on differentiating the natural variability of the climate system from the “human fingerprint” of warming from increasing greenhouse gas concentrations. Prof. Stevens then rounds off the time travel by providing an insight into opportunities exa-scale computing offers for climate science, and what might lie beyond.

Watch Prof. Stevens’ keynote video in our media gallery:
Climate Science in the Age of Exascale” keynote video

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Prof. Bjorn Stevens
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Phone: +49 (0)40 41173 422 (Assistant Angela Gruber)
Email: bjorn.stevens@we dont want