HPCBIOS_2012-97: Climate Science Productivity EnvironmentΒΆ


Climate Science productivity environment includes a set of tools which are needed for scientific computing and visualization in the respective domain. The following is an attempt to define which ones may be relevant for HPCBIOS sites.

  • BC Policy: HPCBIOS_2012-97
  • Date of Policy: 2012-12-15

The main objective of this policy is to provide the following common productivity environment across any HPCBIOS resources that need it:

Name Prefered version Compliance level Reference
Ferret v6.10 / v6.72 MUST http://ferret.wrc.noaa.gov/Ferret/
NCL v6.0.0-nodap MUST http://www.ncl.ucar.edu/
WRF v3.3 or later MUST http://www.wrf-model.org/
UDUNITS 2.1.24 MUST http://www.unidata.ucar.edu/software/udunits/
NCO v4.0.0 or later MUST http://www.nco.sourceforge.net/
ncview v1.93g or later MUST http://www.nersc.gov/users/software/vis-analytics/ncview/
GrADS v1.9b4 / v2.0.1 SHOULD http://www.iges.org/grads/
OpenGrADS v0.1.9.4 SHOULD http://www.opengrads.org/
nctools/ANTS v1.1 ? MAY http://science.arm.gov/~cflynn/ANTS/
OpenDX v4.3.2 SHOULD http://www.opendx.org/
ParaView v3.8.0 or later MUST http://www.paraview.org/
CDO v1.6.0 MUST https://code.zmaw.de/projects/cdo
gnuplot v4.4.4 MUST http://www.gnuplot.info/
VTK v5.4.2 or later MUST http://www.vtk.org/
R-language v2.14.1 or later MUST http://www.r-project.org/
Python v2.x AND v3.x MUST http://www.python.org/
h4toh5 v2.2.0 MUST http://www.hdfgroup.org/h4toh5/
OpenFOAM v2.0.1 or v2.1.1 MUST http://www.openfoam.com/
IDL 8.0 or later SHOULD http://www.exelisvis.com/ProductsServices/IDL.aspx
MATLAB v2012a or later SHOULD http://www.mathworks.com/products/matlab/

This productivity environment will be supplemented with other related productivity tools as they become available on allocated systems.

There is also an effort to support for the Climate community the following data formats:

Name Prefered version(s) Compliance level References
NetCDF v3.6.3, v4.0, v4.1 MUST http://www.unidata.ucar.edu/netcdf
HDF5 v1.8.2 & v1.8.8 MUST http://www.hdfgroup.org/HDF5/
HDF4 v4.2.6 MUST http://www.hdfgroup.org/products/hdf4/
Grib v1 & v2 MUST http://www.grib.us/


Please notify is this policy is incomplete both your local technical representative & user-support instead of the respective HPC site.