CAM-SE: A scalable spectral element dynamical core for the Community Atmosphere Model. Dennis, J. M., Edwards, J., Evans, K. J., Guba, O., Lauritzen, P. H., Mirin, A. A., St-Cyr, A., Taylor, M. A., & Worley, P. H. International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications, 26(1):74-89, 2012.
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The Community Atmosphere Model (CAM) version 5 includes a spectral element dynamical core option from NCAR's High-Order Method Modeling Environment. It is a continuous Galerkin spectral finite-element method designed for fully unstructured quadrilateral meshes. The current configurations in CAM are based on the cubed-sphere grid. The main motivation for including a spectral element dynamical core is to improve the scalability of CAM by allowing quasi-uniform grids for the sphere that do not require polar filters. In addition, the approach provides other state-of-the-art capabilities such as improved conservation properties. Spectral elements are used for the horizontal discretization, while most other aspects of the dynamical core are a hybrid of well-tested techniques from CAM's finite volume and global spectral dynamical core options. Here we first give an overview of the spectral element dynamical core as used in CAM. We then give scalability and performance results from CAM running with three different dynamical core options within the Community Earth System Model, using a pre-industrial time-slice configuration. We focus on high-resolution simulations, using 1/4 degree, 1/8 degree, and T341 spectral truncation horizontal grids.
@article{Dennis:2012,
	Abstract = {The Community Atmosphere Model (CAM) version 5 includes a spectral element dynamical core option from NCAR's High-Order Method Modeling Environment. It is a continuous Galerkin spectral finite-element method designed for fully unstructured quadrilateral meshes. The current configurations in CAM are based on the cubed-sphere grid. The main motivation for including a spectral element dynamical core is to improve the scalability of CAM by allowing quasi-uniform grids for the sphere that do not require polar filters. In addition, the approach provides other state-of-the-art capabilities such as improved conservation properties. Spectral elements are used for the horizontal discretization, while most other aspects of the dynamical core are a hybrid of well-tested techniques from CAM's finite volume and global spectral dynamical core options. Here we first give an overview of the spectral element dynamical core as used in CAM. We then give scalability and performance results from CAM running with three different dynamical core options within the Community Earth System Model, using a pre-industrial time-slice configuration. We focus on high-resolution simulations, using 1/4 degree, 1/8 degree, and T341 spectral truncation horizontal grids.},
	Author = {Dennis, John M. and Edwards, Jim and Evans, Katherine J. and Guba, Oksana and Lauritzen, Peter H. and Mirin, Arthur A. and St-Cyr, Amik and Taylor, Mark A. and Worley, Patrick H.},
	Date-Added = {2015-11-09 22:58:06 +0000},
	Date-Modified = {2015-11-20 22:51:24 +0000},
	Doi = {10.1177/1094342011428142},
	Eprint = {http://hpc.sagepub.com/content/26/1/74.full.pdf+html},
	Journal = {International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications},
	Number = {1},
	Pages = {74-89},
	Title = {{CAM-SE: A scalable spectral element dynamical core for the Community Atmosphere Model}},
	Url = {http://hpc.sagepub.com/content/26/1/74.abstract},
	Volume = {26},
	Year = {2012},
	Bdsk-Url-1 = {http://hpc.sagepub.com/content/26/1/74.abstract},
	Bdsk-Url-2 = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1094342011428142}}

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