The key modeling components of MEAD include the Weather Research and Forecasting Model (WRF) and the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS). The MEAD effort includes the coupling of these two models for studying hurricanes. MEAD will develop and adapt existing infrastructure as appropriate. Components include datamining with D2K (Data to Knowledge) and ADaM (Algorithm Development and Mining System), ESML (Earth System Markup Language), ROMS and WRF ports to the Intel Itanium platforms, HDF5 parallel I/O, wall visualization, and Chimera (A Virtual Data System).
Key technology challenges include model and grid workflow management, scientific and derived metadata for model simulation and derived data including visualizations, data management of very large computed and derived data sets, model coupling and incorporation of HDF5, interactive analysis/mining and visualization capabilities for large distributed ensemble datasets, and enabling access of MEAD technologies by the scientific community for use on their own clusters as well as the TeraGrid. Funding for MEAD is provided by the National Computational Science Alliance which includes the National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Supplementary URL: http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/expeditions/MEAD/