Submitted as: methods for assessment of models
23 Oct 2023
Submitted as: methods for assessment of models |  | 23 Oct 2023
Status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal GMD.

The computational and energy cost of simulation and storage for climate science: lessons from CMIP6

Mario C. Acosta, Sergi Palomas, Stella V. Paronuzzi Ticco, Jean-Claude André, Joachim Biercamp, Pierre-Antoine Bretonniere, Reinhard Budich, Miguel Castrillo, Arnaud Caubel, Francisco Doblas-Reyes, Italo Epicoco, Uwe Fladrich, Alok Kumar Gupta, Bryan Lawrence, Philippe Le Sager, Grenville Lister, Marie-Pierre Moine, Jean-Christophe Rioual, Joussaume Sylvie, Sophie Valcke, Niki Zadeh, and Venkatramani Balaji

Abstract. The Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) is one of the biggest international efforts to better understand past, present and future climate changes in a multi-model context. A total of 21 Model Intercomparison Projects (MIPs) were endorsed in its 6th phase (CMIP6), which included 190 different experiments that were used to simulate 40000 years and produced around 40 PB of data in total. This paper shows the main results obtained from the collection of performance metrics done for CMIP6 (CPMIP). The document provides the list of partners involved, the CPMIP metrics per institution/model, and the approach used for the collection and the coordination behind this process. Furthermore, a section has been included to analyze the results and prove the usefulness of the metrics for the community. Moreover, we describe the main difficulties faced during the collection and propose recommendations for future exercises.

Mario C. Acosta et al.

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Short summary
We present a collection of performance metrics gathered during the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6), a worlwide initiative to study the climate change. We analyze the metrics, which resulted from collaboration efforts among many partners and models, and describe our findigs to demonstrate the utility of our study for the scientific community. The research contributes to understand climate modelling performance on the current High-performance Computing (HPC) architectures.