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Seminar: Big Data Assimilation Revolutionizing Numerical Weather Prediction Using Fugaku

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  • Atlantic Building, and Online
Takemasa Miyoshi


At RIKEN, we have been exploring a fusion of big data and big computation in numerical weather prediction (NWP), and now with AI and machine learning (ML). Our group in RIKEN has been pushing the limits of NWP through two orders of magnitude bigger computations using the previous Japan’s flagship “K computer”. The efforts include 100-m mesh, 30-second update “Big Data Assimilation” (BDA) fully exploiting the big data from a novel Phased Array Weather Radar. With the new Fugaku, we achieved a real-time BDA application to predict sudden downpours up to 30 minutes in advance during Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Moreover, Fugaku is designed to be efficient for both double-precision big simulations and reduced-precision ML applications, aiming to play a pivotal role in creating super-smart “Society 5.0.” We have been exploring ideas for improving the predicting capabilities by fusing BDA and AI. The data produced by NWP models become bigger and moving the data to other computers for ML or even simply saving them may not be feasible. A next-generation computer like Fugaku may bring a breakthrough toward creating a new methodology of fusing data-driven (inductive) and process-driven (deductive) approaches in meteorology. This presentation will introduce the most recent results from BDA experiments, followed by perspectives toward DA-AI fusion and expanding new applications beyond meteorology.


Atlantic Building

In-person at Atlantic Building room 2400. For a Zoom link please contact


Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Science

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